NOTE FROM AMANDA
Welcome — I'm so glad you've joined me here!
The 2014-2015 season is in full swing -- I'm thrilled to have made my Metropolitan Opera debut in Le nozze di Figaro in the fall. If you weren't in the New York area, I hope you were able to see our PBS Great Performances at the Met episode, or were able to join us for the Live in HD broadcast in cinemas all over the world, now also available via Met Opera on Demand!
This story of survival, perseverance, and love is an amazing and important one to tell, and I feel so lucky to have been a small part of sharing it. You can view the trailer below!
Now I've returned to Frankfurt, a city that has become a musical second home over the past few years, to sing my first Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at Oper Frankfurt. You can sneak a peek at the first production images here!
To help me stay connected while I'm on the road, I've entered the world of social media -- I'd love you to connect via the icons below.
In the meantime, I'll be wishing you a fantastically rejuvenating spring!
Immediately following Der Rosenkavalier, Amanda will return to the Metropolitan Opera for repeat performances of Le nozze di Figaro, alongside Luca Pisaroni, Isabel Leonard, Anita Hartig, and Mikhail Petrenko.
Get to know Amanda in this Opera News Take 5 video!
"Der Rosenkavalier represents the apogee of Richard Strauss's popularity, and perhaps of his life. He had a deep affection for it, a profound identification with it; in his will he stipulated that the work's sublime final trio, the greatest of his many love letters to the soprano voice, should be played at his funeral, which took place in 1949, in still war-blasted Munich. A 36-year-old Georg Solti conducted; as the soaring, overlapping lines arched out over the orchestra, each of the three singers broke down, overcome by emotion, the words, speaking of valediction and the hope of new life, unbearably poignant in the circumstances. The great comedy of love and loss, swirling with waltzes and borne aloft with an inexhaustible flow of heart-stopping melody, belonged, like the composer, to a vanished world."
BEHIND THE SCENES
Amanda's debut run of Der Rosenkavalier features a Marschallin for whom time is running short. Amanda talked to Oper Frankfurt about her love for the music of Strauss, and how the Marschallin's terminal illness in this production imbues each moment in the opera with deeper meaning.