A seasoned alumna of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, Amanda Woodbury has been praised for her luxuriant coloratura and a transfixing dramatic presence. With a voice that has been described as ‘bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion,’ Ms. Woodbury has been garnering some attention in recent years.
Last season she debuted her lively Juliette in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Roméo et Juliette. She then returned to commandeer the role of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Dayton Opera before appearing as Pamina in Madison Opera’s production of Die Zauberflöte. She also made her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet by Thomas with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Other appearances with the Metropolitan Opera include Leïla in Les pêcheurs des perles (2016) and Tebaldo in Don Carlo (2015). During her time at the Met she has also covered Norina in Don Pasquale (2016) and Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann (2015).
In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. That same year she earned Second Place and Audience Choice Award in Placido Domingo’s competition Operalia. She has also been awarded the Sarah Tucker Study Grant (2014) and the Richard Tucker Career Grant (2016) as well as Second Place and audience choice in the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition (2014).
Ms. Woodbury made her professional debut at LA Opera as Micaëla in their 2013 production of Carmen, with subsequent appearances as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (2013) and Musetta in La bohème (2016). She then made her Cincinnati May Festival debut under the baton of James Conlon by singing the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s 8th Symphony, returning again in 2015 to sing Haydn’s Creation.
For her LA Philharmonic debut Ms. Woodbury sang the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Gustav Dudamel. She was also featured in the Metropolitan Opera’s Rising Stars Concert Series throughout the 2015–2016 season, before joining the Aspen Music Festival to sing Carmina Burana that same year.
This season Ms. Woodbury will be performing as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah together with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This same season she has reprised her role as Micaëla in LA Opera’s Carmen before making her debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera. She has also delivered her Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with both Des Moines Opera and Dayton Opera, and will be performing the same role later in the season with Madison Opera. Other notable performances include Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program (2014) and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival (2013).
Ms. Woodbury completed her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2012, and received her Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University. Roles during her tenure include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte.