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NOTE FROM AMANDA

Welcome — I'm so glad you've joined me here!

I'm reveling in the final production of a 2015-2016 season full of gorgeous repertoire – Strauss, Mozart, and even some Wagner – at some of my favorite houses. I'm a very lucky soprano! 

I opened the season with Le nozze di Figaro at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, my home opera house. It was such a luxury to be able to sleep in my own bed and make art with fantastic colleagues every day! 

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago

I also revisited the Countess this season in Spain, where I made my debut in Oviedo, and reunited with Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera. If you missed our Figaro Live in HD broadcast in cinemas last season, it's now also available via Met Opera on Demand and for purchase and rental on iTunes!

Photo credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

Photo credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

I also got to sing my first American run of Der Rosenkavalier at the Lyric, after singing my first Marschallin in Frankfurt last season. I just don't think more glorious music exists!

The David McVicar production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which opened the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival, just wrapped up, and now I'm at Santa Fe Opera, where we've just opened Strauss's dazzling Capriccio!

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!
 

 

NEWS

Amanda will make her Washington National Opera debut on opening night of the 2016/17 season, bringing her acclaimed Countess in Le nozze di Figaro to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Conducted by James Gaffigan, the cast also includes Lisette Oropesa as Susanna, Joshua Hopkins as Count Almaviva, and Ryan McKinny as the titular Figaro.

Amanda will return to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2016/17 season in her house debut as Donna Elvira. Fabio Luisi will conduct Mozart's Don Giovanni, also starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role, Matthew Rose as Leporello, Malin Byström as Donna Anna, Ramón Vargas as Don Ottavio, Nadine Sierra as Zerlina, and Adam Plachetka as Masetto.
 

REVIEWS

The first reviews are coming in for Amanda's return to Santa Fe Opera as the Countess in Capriccio.

Everything revolves around the Countess. Soprano Amanda Majeski portrays her with casual charm and sincere warmth, creating a character in control of her world and secure in her situation. Politesse is so deeply imbued in her character that she carries it without the slightest self-consciousness. Majeski’s soprano is tightly focused, her intonation is spot-on and her delivery rolls forth with conversational naturalness. Her vocalism harks back to a kind of singing we don’t encounter much today. If you heard her pure timbre and pristine diction on a recording, you might guess it was an opera star of the 1940s or ’50s — and a fine one.
— Santa Fe New Mexican
Majeski sings from the heart... It’s a limpid, lucid portrayal, nowhere more distinctive than in the searching final monologue, Strauss’ most enraptured.
— Santa Fe Reporter

Amanda's Marschallin thrilled audiences and critics in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Der Rosenkavalier.

As the Marschallin, Amanda Majeski revealed just the type of glowing soprano voice with which Strauss had a lifelong love affair; Majeski has an ample, pungent instrument with the ability to soar above the staff in long, arching lines and fine down to a thread of pianissimo with seeming effortlessness.
— Opera News
Majeski carried herself with great poise and grace as she lofted creamy tone and ravishing pianissimos into the stratosphere.
— Chicago Tribune
 

ON STAGE

Santa Fe Opera writes, "Only a master looking back on a lifetime of craft could have composed the unique, dazzling entertainment that is Capriccio – the opera that Richard Strauss called his 'conversation piece for music.'"

Amanda returns to the stunning Santa Fe Opera as the Countess, the centerpiece of a classic debate over words and music. She will be joined by the legendary mezzo Susan Graham, as well as bass-baritone David Govertsen, tenor Ben Bliss, and baritone Joshua Hopkins.
 

FEATURES

Amanda recently appeared on Chicago Tonight to chat about Der Rosenkavalier and perform Strauss and Bolcom.

Read "The Lady's Back" – and learn which character Amanda would most like to have coffee with – in CS Modern Luxury, and check out Schmopera's Spotlight on Amanda!

Photo credit: Lucy Hewett / CS Modern Luxury

Photo credit: Lucy Hewett / CS Modern Luxury