Soprano Amanda Woodbury is an alumna of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Ms. Woodbury was most recently honored with the second place award and an Audience Choice award in Plácido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia competition. Earlier this year, she also won the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the 2014 Sarah Tucker Study Grant, and both second place and Audience Choice awards at Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition. Other awards include second place in the Dallas Opera Vocal Competition in both 2010 and 2012.
Ms. Woodbury made her LA Opera debut in 2013 as Micaéla in Carmen, with subsequent appearances there as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She then made her Cincinnati May Festival debut this year under the baton of James Conlon, singing the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s 8th Symphony; and this past summer, she performed Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program. Other recent performances include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival.
This season, Ms. Woodbury is scheduled to perform Carmina Burana with the Lexington Philharmonic, and she will be returning to the Cincinnati May Festival with Maestro Conlon to sing Haydn’s Creation. She will also sing the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Ms. Woodbury completed her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music in 2012, and she received her Bachelor of Music Degree at Indiana University. Roles performed while at both universities included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Prior to her graduation, Ms. Woodbury also was a studio artist with Opera North in 2010, where she performed scenes from Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and Puccini’s Edgar.