Praised for her “focused golden toned voice,” American mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider is quickly gaining recognition for her extraordinary musicality and assured dramatic presence. Upcoming in the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Crider will make her Los Angeles Opera debut as Alma in Persona, sing Angelina in Cenerentola with Opera Orlando, return to Apollo’s Fire for Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, appear as mezzo soloist with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Messiah, and join Seraphic Fire for her seventh season. In the 2016-2017 season, she debuted with Boston Lyric Opera in Mark Anthony Turnage’s opera Greek, and returned to Apollo’s Fire for Handel’s Messiah and the New World Symphony for Manuel de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat under the baton of Maestro Juanjo Mena. Engagements for the 2015-2016 season included her debut with Florentine Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Alma in the world premiere opera Persona with Beth Morrison Projects, her return to Eugene Opera as Olga in Eugene Onegin, a series of concerts with Seraphic Fire, and Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College. In the 2014-2015 season Ms. Crider was heard as a soloist with New World Symphony for de Falla’s El amor brujo, the Louisiana Philharmonic for a Baroque Christmas, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic for Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Manfred Honeck, 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.
Ms. Crider’s 2013-2014 season included a debut with the Castleton Festival as Zerlina in Don Giovanni in addition to appearances as Mezzo Soloist in Britten’s Phaedra with New World Symphony, The English Teacher in Gregory Spear’s new opera Paul’s Case with the Prototype Festival, Mezzo Soloist with the Bach Festival Society in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, as well as her return to the Grammy Nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire for multiple concerts. In previous seasons she was seen as Prince Orlofsky in Knoxville Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, Mezzo Soloist with the Greeley Philharmonic and The Dallas Opera in Concert, and returned to both Apollo’s Fire and Seraphic Fire as Mezzo Soloist in Handel’s Messiah. In the 2011-2012 season, Amanda debuted with The Dallas Opera in La Traviata, Opera Omaha in La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony as the Alto Soloist in the Mozart Requiem. She also appeared with Eugene Opera in Nixon in China, was Mezzo Soloist in Chansons Madécasses with the New World Symphony, and was a recitalist on the Trinity Church Concerts at One Recital Series.
Ms. Crider debuted with Florida Grand Opera in 2009 singing the role of Mallika in Lakmé, and went on to delight audiences as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. She was also heard in 2010 in the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific with Anchorage Opera, a role she had previously performed with Opera Boston. In addition, she sang with the New World Symphony in performances of De Falla’s The Three-cornered Hat, Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Bach Festival Society, and Messiah with Apollo’s Fire. Other performances in recent seasons include Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Nevada Opera, Diana in Eugene Opera’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Cherubino with the Des Moines Metro Opera and the 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 the Florida Grand Opera.
Ms. Crider joined the roster of the New York City Opera in the fall of 2007 in Barber’s opera Vanessa covering the role of Erika. She has also 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. The Boston Globe said she sang with “ineffable tenderness,” and was hailed by Opera News as “delightful.”
Ms. Crider has been lauded for her fine interpretations of early music. She has been a soloist in recent seasons with the Bach Festival Society of Florida, and the renowned baroque ensemble from Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire. She was heard as Pastore #3 in the 2007 Glimmerglass Opera production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and returned for a second season in 2008 where she excelled in a performance of the role of Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, when the artist she was covering was indisposed. She also performed an evening of Baroque arias and duets with internationally renowned soprano Lisa Saffer and the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2008.
An impeccable interpreter of song and oratorio, Ms. Crider made her Carnegie Hall debut in the fall of 2007 singing as mezzo soloist in Messiah with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She returned to Carnegie Hall in April of 2008 as mezzo soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Her other concert credits include mezzo soloist in Messiah with numerous orchestras such as the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony, as well as appearances with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Crider was a 2012 grant recipient from the Pittsburgh Concert Society, and a 2011 finalist in both the Joy in Singing Debut Artist Competition and the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition. In addition she was a 2009 finalist in the José Iturbi International Voice Competition, the 2nd Place Winner in the 2008 Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, 2007 Recipient of the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition David and Ingrid Kosowsky Award, Finalist in the 2006 Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition and 2005 Center for Contemporary Opera Competition, and a 2003 Recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. Ms. Crider is also the Artistic Director of Miami’s Art Song concert series, IlluminArts (www.illuminarts.org).