Amanda Majeski

Amanda Majeski


Vocalists — Soprano

“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. Her singing has a reined-in quality that proves apt for the portrayal she has crafted. A slight quiver enters her voice now and again, adding a quality of wistfulness. It adds to the vulnerability she allows herself to display in her touching final scene, where she recognizes that her aesthetic elegance is a barrier to her own emotional fulfillment — an acknowledgment she bares to herself alone, out of view and earshot from anyone else.” —James M. Keller, New Mexican, July 24, 2016 - Countess in 'Capriccio' at Santa Fe Opera

“Amanda Majeski made the best Eva I have heard in years, true of pitch and pure of tone, comfortable in all reaches of the part and emotionally persuasive from beginning to end. The radiant B flat with which she crowned the quintet was perfection.” —Russ McDonald, Opera Magazine, June 2016 - Eva in 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' at Glyndebourne Festival

“Strauss specified that his heroine, the Marschallin, be no older than 32. Matching her real-life age to that of the character, soprano Amanda Majeski (who's 31) sang beautifully as the Marschallin… The Illinois-born Majeski carried herself with great poise and grace as she lofted creamy tone and ravishing pianissimos into the stratosphere.” —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, February 9, 2016 - Marschallin in 'Der Rosenkavalier' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

“It was brilliantly realized by Guth’s beautiful young Marschallin, the rising American soprano Amanda Majeski. She made an assured debut in this psychologically complex role, singing radiantly and looking something like Strauss’s (late-life) ideal – ‘no more than 32 years old’ – for the part.” —Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine, September 2015 - Marschallin in 'Der Rosenkavalier' at Oper Frankfurt

“Ms. Majeski’s voice is ample and expressive...she sang with nuance and taste and made a vulnerable countess, a woman not just wounded but humiliated to have lost the love of her philandering husband.” —Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, September 23, 2014 - Countess Almaviva in 'Le nozze di Figaro' at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine

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American lyric soprano Amanda Majeski is rapidly garnering critical acclaim for a voice of “silvery beauty” (Musical America) that combines “transparent fragility with soulful strength.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Amanda Majeski makes her Washington National Opera debut as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro conducted by James Gaffigan in the 2016/2017 season. She also returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni under Fabio Luisi and makes her role debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at Opera Omaha. In the summer of 2017, she will debut at the Teatro Colón as . . .

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