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Amanda Forsythe

Soprano

Biography

Amanda Forsythe in action.
Joel Prieto as Fenton and Amanda Forsythe as Nannetta in Falstaff, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2012

American soprano Amanda Forsythe made her Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and has since returned to sing Manto (Niobe, regina di Tebe), Nannetta (Falstaff) and Amour (Orphée et Eurydice). In the 2019/20 Season she sings Marzelline (Fidelio).

Amanda Forsythe studied at Vassar and at the New England Conservatory. She made her European debut in 2007 as Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Her operatic appearances since have included Dalinda (Ariodante) for Grand Théâtre de Genève and Bavarian State Opera, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) for Seattle Opera and Rome Opera, Marzelline in concert with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Pappano, the title role in Niobe, regina di Tebe, Angelica (Steffani’s Orlando generoso), Drusilla and Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Edilia (Handel’s Almira) for Boston Early Music Festival, Amenaide (Tancredi) for Opera Boston, Semele for Opera Philadelphia, Nannetta for Angers-Nantes Opéra, Manto in Luxembourg and Jemmy (Guillaume Tell) for the Rossini Opera Festival. For Boston Baroque her roles include Poppea (Agrippina), Partenope and Atalanta (Serse) in concert. Her contemporary roles include Angel (Peter Eötvös’s Angels in America) and Young Margarita/Nuria (Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar).

In concert, Forsythe appears regularly with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Handel and Haydn Society Boston and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, and has also sung with leading American symphony orchestras in repertory including works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert. She has toured a programme of music based on the Orpheus myth with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, and her recordings include a disc of Handel arias (Avie) and Orfeo ed Euridice with Jaroussy.

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