Amanda Forsythe, Soprano – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Amanda Forsythe

SOPRANO

Lauded for her “light and luster… wonderful agility and silvery top notes”.

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Recognized internationally as a leading interpreter of baroque repertoire, she sang Eurydice on the GRAMMY AWARD-winning recording of Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, followed by her début solo album of Handel arias The Power of Love.

Read Amanda Forsythe’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

Awards for recordings with Boston Early Music Festival:

GRAMMY AWARD – Best Opera Recording
Euridice La descente d’Orphée aux enfers (Charpentier)

DIAPASON D’OR
Soprano Soloist Duets of Love and Passion (Agostina Steffani)

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus:
Schubert Mass in E-flat Major  Riccardo Muti
Handel Messiah Matthew Halls

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Début Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Pamina Die Zauberflöte

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“…Amanda Forsythe (Isabelle)…crowned the performance with glorious sound and ornately elaborated lines…tripped merrily over yards of passagework…”
OPERA MAGAZINE

“Forsythe’s delectably seductive Serpetta…again, provided world-class, sparkling vocalism one wished to savour at length…”
DAVID SHENGOLD

“…As Iris, Amanda Forsythe, possessor of a superb technique, was vocal and visual perfection…”
MARK MANDEL  OPERA NEWS

“Forsythe’s voice is marvelous – clear, florid, and warm at the same time – but the context highlighted her fundamentally superb rhythm.”
MATTHEW GUERRIERI  THE BOSTON GLOBE

“Forsythe’s lovely soprano offers clarity of timbre, fleet coloratura, accurate intervals – and considerable creativity and range in decorations.”
DAVID SHENGOLD  OPERA NEWS

Biography

Biography

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Amanda Forsythe, highly praised by Opera News for her “light and luster” and “wonderful agility and silvery top notes” is recognized internationally as a leading interpreter of baroque repertoire.  She sang Eurydice on the 2015 GRAMMY AWARD-winning recording of Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, and her début solo album of Handel arias “The Power of Love” with Apollo’s Fire was released in 2015 on the Avie label to widespread critical acclaim.

She recently toured with the outstanding French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky performing works based on the Orfeo myth and subsequently recorded the role of Euridice a new edition of Gluck’s Orfeo with him for the ERATO label.  She is a regular soloist with the Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Early Music Festival, the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire and Tafelmusik.

In recent seasons Amanda Forsythe has also made her débuts with several major symphony orchestras both in the USA and Europe.  Engagements have included Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Boston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Handel’s Sileti venti and Laudate pueri, and Schubert Mass No 6 in E Flat with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Magnificat and a concert performance as Marzelline Fidelio with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.  Following performances as Amour in Gluck’s Orphée at London’s Royal Opera House, she participated in tours of this work, and of Mozart C Minor Mass and Requiem with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. 

On the opera stage Amanda Forsythe’s engagements have included Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Iris Semele for Seattle Opera, Nannetta Falstaff, Amour Orphée, Manto in Steffani’s Niobe and Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Jemmy Guillaume Tell, Corinna Il viaggio a Reims and Rosalia L’equivoco stravagante for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, and Dalinda Ariodante at the Grand Theatre in Geneva and the Bavarian State Opera. 

Her collaborations with leading baroque ensembles have included Teseo (title role) with the Philharmonia Baroque at the Tanglewood Festival, Partenope (title role) and Poppea Agrippina with Boston Baroque, Isabelle Le Carnaval de Venise, Serpina La serva padrona, Edilia Almira and the title roles in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Venus and Adonis, and Niobe for the Boston Early Music Festival.  Many of these performances have been recorded commercially.

Amanda Forsythe’s concert engagements this season include Alexander’s Feast with Tafelmusik, Mozart Concert Arias with Kymi Sinfonietta in Finland, Iole Hercules with the Handel and Haydn Society and performances and recordings with Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony. 

Later this year she makes her début at Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma as Pamina and returns to Chicago Symphony Orchestra for performances of Messiah.

This biography is not for publication. Please contact the office for an updated version.

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Discography

Duets of Love & Passion CD

Duets of Love & Passion


“Ultimately this was Forsythe’s evening. Her voice suits the repertoire perfectly: there is clarity, exquisite intonation, mesmerizing agility, and beautifully scaled dynamics. Add in her genius for communication, and you have an idea of what makes her work so impressive.”

THE VANCOUVER SUN

Bach: St. John Passion


“Amanda Forsythe is technically sure and vocally charming in both of her arias.”

DAVID VICKERS, GRAMOPHONE

Amanda Forsythe – The Power of Love, Arias from Handel Operas

Handel: The Power of Love


“It is a joy to hear a singer rethinking much of this familiar music without ever distorting it, such that the CD’s 55 minutes of singing truly impresses like a first hearing…I could go on but find no need to; I hope you get my point. This is a knockout recital by a major American soprano.”

ROBERT LEVINE, CLASSICS TODAY

Amanda Forsythe – Guillaume Tell, Rossini

Rossini: Guillaume Tell (Jemmy)


“Amanda Forsythe’s Jemmy — the boy’s restored aria decorated with bravura — affords the best singing of this crucial part I’ve ever encountered.”

DAVID SHENGOLD, OPERA NEWS

Amanda Forsythe – Handel: Teseo

Handel: Teseo


“McGegan’s pacing, his orchestra’s subtle playings and Amanda Forsythe’s singing ensure that Teseo’s ‘Chi ritorna alla mia mente’ is breathtakingly gorgeous.”

GRAMOPHONE

Amanda Forsythe – Charpentier:La Descente d'Orphee aux enfers La Couronne de Fleurs

Charpentier: La Descente d’Orphee aux enfers, La Couronne de Fleurs


“Amanda Forsythe continues to please as greatly as she did in the BEMF’s version of Blow’s Venus and Adonis. There are few French singers of the so-called legendary recording period who could equal what I previously called her “radiantly focused soprano,” and her “dramatic coloration of the text.”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

Amanda Forsythe – Agostino Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe

Agostino Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe


“Manto is sung enchantingly by Amanda Forsythe.”

DAVID VICKERS, GRAMOPHONE

Amanda Forsythe – Handel: Orlando

Handel: Orlando


“Amanda Forsythe’s agile singing in Dorinda’s ‘O care parolette’ is so nonchalantly frothy; her plaintively beautiful arioso ‘Quando spieghi i tuoi tormenti’ and siciliana ‘Se mi rivolgo al prato’ are alone worth buying this for.”

GRAMOPHONE

Amanda Forsythe – Haydn: Die Schöpfung

Haydn: Die Schöpfung


“…and springwater-clear soprano Amanda Forsythe, who aces her ravishing arias and scatters delightful trills—make this well-recorded set a delight…”

TIME OUT

Amanda Forsythe – Blow: Venus and Adonis

Blow: Venus and Adonis


“Amanda Forsythe’s languid singing is apt for the eroticism of Venus.”

GRAMOPHONE

Amanda Forsythe – Handel: Messiah

Handel: Messiah


Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire celebrate the holiday season with this unique DVD/2CD set presenting a dramatic approach to Handel’s Messiah that explores the work as the theatrical entertainment Handel intended.

Amanda Forsythe – Mozart: Lucio Silla: In un istante...Parto, m'affretto

Mozart: Lucio Silla: In un istante…Parto, m’affretto


“Parto, m’affretto” showcases coloratura soprano Amanda Forsythe – a voice to remember.”

THE INDEPENDENT

Amanda Forsythe – Jean-Baptiste Lully: Psyché

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Psyché


“Amanda Forsythe as Aglaure is sympathetic to her sister Psyché, but the same soprano’s portrayal of a nymph in Act 2 is even more beautiful.”

CLASSICS TODAY

Amanda Forsythe – Lully: Thésée

Lully: Thésée


“As both Minerva and her Grand Priestess…Amanda Forsythe is among the most effective singers in the lot. She offers a brightly forward, almost heroic tone, vocal dexterity of a fine order, and the strongest response among the cast to the text.”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

Amanda Forsythe – Cooman: New Dawn

Cooman: New Dawn


“This latest is the most rewarding of the all-Cooman discs I have heard…Soprano Forsythe has a light, flexible voice whose lovely, intimate quality is very well suited to the spirit of Cooman’s vocal writing.”

FANFARE MAGAZINE

Amanda Forsythe – Rossini: L'Equivoco Stravagante

Rossini: L’Equivoco Stravagante


“As the sprightly servant Rosalia, soprano Amanda Forsythe [was] just what the doctor ordered.”

OPERA NEWS

Amanda Forsythe – Dominick Argento: Jonah and the Whale

Dominick Argento: Jonah and the Whale


“Soprano Amanda Forsythe delivers a lovely and lyrical “Christe eleison” in the stratosphere.”

OPERA NEWS

Contact

Helen Sykes
+44 (0)20 8780 0060
+44 (0)7799 673367

helen@helensykesartists.co.uk

Mary Craig
+44 (0)20 8780 0060
mary@helensykesartists.co.uk

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