Amanda Crider, Mezzo-Soprano

Praised for her “focused golden toned voice,” American mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider is quickly gaining recognition for her extraordinary musicality and assured dramatic presence.   Engagements for 2017-2018 included Alma in Persona with LA Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opera Orlando, Speranza in L’Orfeo with Apollo’s Fire, and the title role in Carmen with Pine Mountain Music Festival. The 2018-2019 season sees her as soloist in Bernstein’s Jeremiah for her debut with the Amarillo Symphony, the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Florentine Opera, and Bach’s B Minor Mass with Apollo’s Fire.  In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Crider made her debut with Boston Lyric Opera as Doreen in Greek, and joined Apollo’s Fire for Handel’s Messiah and the Southwest Michigan Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The 2015-2016 season saw her return to Eugene Opera as Olga in Eugene Onegin, her debut with Florentine Opera as Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Alma in Persona with Beth Morrison Projects, a series of concerts with Seraphic Fire, and Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College. Engagements for 2014-2015 included joining New World Symphony for de Falla’s El amor brujo, the Louisiana Philharmonic for a Baroque Christmas, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic for Mozart’s Requiem, and her role debut as Angelina in La Cenerentola with Opera Roanoke. In the summer of 2015, she sang Laurey in Oklahoma! with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In recent seasons, Ms. Crider made debuts with Dallas Opera in La traviata, Opera Omaha in La cambiale di matrimonio, Eugene Opera in Nixon in China, as Prince Orlofsky in Knoxville Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, Zerlina in Nevada Opera’s Don Giovanni, Castleton Festival as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and the English Teacher in Paul’s Case with UrbanArias and The Prototype Festival. A former young artist, she sang Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Mallika in Lakmé with Florida Grand Opera to great acclaim. Additionally, she has performed Nellie Forbush in South Pacific with Anchorage Opera and Opera Boston. Other recent performances include Carmen with Nevada Opera, Diana in Eugene Opera’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Cherubino with Des Moines Metro Opera and Eugene Opera, as well as The Monitor in Suor Angelica, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Mercedes in Carmen with Florida Grand Opera. Ms. Crider joined the roster of New York City Opera in 2007 for Barber’s Vanessa covering the role of Erika.  She has performed with such companies as Des Moines Metro Opera as Siébel in Faust, Gotham Chamber Opera as the 2nd Gypsy in Scenes of Gypsy Life, and for her first foray into the operatic world, Ms. Crider performed the role of L’Enfant in L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Tanglewood Music Center, for which the Boston Globe said she sang with “ineffable tenderness,” and was hailed by Opera News as “delightful.”