Amanda Forsythe

The American soprano Amanda Forsythe, highly praised for her performances on both sides of the Atlantic, sang Euridice on the recording of Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers with Boston Early Music Festival which won the 2015 GRAMMY AWARD for Best Opera Recording.  Her highly acclaimed have included her début solo album of Handel arias "The Power of Love" with Apollo’s Fire on the Avie label.  She recently toured with the outstanding French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky performing works based on the Orfeo myth and subsequently recorded the role of Euridice a new edition of Gluck’s Orfeo with him for the ERATO label. 

Equally at home on the concert platform and on the opera stage, in recent seasons Amanda Forsythe’s major engagements have included Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Symphony under Andris Nelsons and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under…, Handel’s Sileti venti and Laudate pueri, with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas Kraemer, Messiahwith Seattle Symphony, Bach's Magnificat and a concert performance as Marzelline Fidelio with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Sir Antonio Pappano.  Following performances as Amour in Gluck’s Orphée at London’s Royal Opera House, she participated in tours of this work, and of Mozart C Minor Mass and Requiem with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. 

She is a regular soloist with the highly acclaimed baroque ensembles Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO), Apollo’s Fire, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Pacific Musicworks, and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra.  She sang the title role of Teseo with the PBOat Tanglewood Festival and the Lincoln Centre under Nicholas McGegan and made her début at the Oregon Bach Festival in Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Magnificat under Matthew Halls.

Amanda Forsythe made her USA stage début with Boston Early Music Festival, where her many roles have included Poppea andDrusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea, Niobe and Manto (recording) in Niobe, regina di Tebe, Galatea Acis and Galatea, Aglaure Psyché (Lully), Venus Venus and Adonis (John Blow), Pallas The Judgment of Paris (Eccles), Isabelle Le Carnaval de Venise (Campra), Serpina La serva padrona and Edilia Almira, Queen of Castilia for which she received rave reviews.  Having made her début at Seattle Opera as Iris Semele Amanda Forsythe recently returned there to sing Pamina Die Zauberflöte. Her operatic repertoire also includes Iris Semele, Poppea Agrippina,the title role in Partenope, Dorinda Orlando, Amenaide Tancredi, Bastienne Bastien und Bastienne, Ninfa/Proserpina Orfeo, Amore Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Oberto Alcina, Dafne Apollo e Dafne, Atalanta Xerxes, Vagaus Juditha Triumphans and roles in Les Indes Galantes and The Fairy Queen.

Shemade her European operatic début in the role of Corinna Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro subsequently returning to perform Rosalia L’equivoco stravagante, and Jemmy Guillaume Tell, described by one critic as “… the best singing of this crucial part I’ve ever encountered...” . At her invitation, Amanda Forsythe joined the distinguished American mezzo soprano Joyce di Donato in a performance of Bellini duets in the festival’s ‘Malibran’ recital.

Major European opera house engagements have included Dalinda Ariodante in Geneva and Munich and Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, Manto in Steffani’sNiobe, regina di Tebe, Amour in Gluck’s Orphée and Nannetta Falstaffat London’s Royal Opera House.  Her performance as Nannetta was described by Gramophone Magazine as “meltingly beautiful”.

Major engagements in 2018 include her return to the Chicago Symphony to sing Schubert Mass No 6 in E Flat under Riccardo Muti and Messiah under Matthew Halls, Alexander’s Feast with Tafelmusik, Iole Hercules with the Handel and Haydn Society and performances with Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony.

Forthcoming opera engagements include her début at the Rome Opera as Pamina.

Amanda Forsythe’s recordings include Venus Venus and Adonis, Aglaure Lully’s Psyché, and La Grande Pretresse in Lully’s Thésée with Boston Early Music Festival  (all for CPO), Manto Stefani’s Niobe with BEMF (Erato),the title role in Handel’s Teseo with Philharmonia Baroque (PBO’s own label), Mozart’s Lucio Silla: In un istante ... Parto, m'affretto and Messiah with Apollo’s Fire (Avie), Minerve Dorinda Handel’s Orlando with Early Music Vancouver (ATMA) and Haydn’s Creation with Boston Baroque (Linn).  She also sings on the DVD recordings of the Pesaro productions of L'equivoco stravagante and Guillaume Tell as well as Manto inthe Royal Opera productionof Stefani’s Niobe (Opus Arte).


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