Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: Worldwide
Norah Amsellem (Manon) was equally convincing in her portrayal, with many sensitive and touching moments throughout the evening. A good sense of timing, and poise are her strong cards. Opera Critic
Amsellem mustered a lovely voice of considerable agility with a lot of security and accuracy above the staff. She's an effective actress...The mad scene would tax any soprano, but Amsellem dealt well with both the vocal and the dramatic challenges. Seattle Times
Amsellem has the more frail physique and a deeper understanding of the role-some heart stopping soft singing and the most upsetting death scene of any Violetta I have seen in this production. The Times (UK)
French soprano Norah Amsellem has been engaged by leading opera companies around the world including the Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris and Teatro alla Scala and has been praised for her dramatic intensity and soaring vocal technique. She is an accomplished concert artist, including collaborations with renowned conductors including James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and George Prêtre.
In the 2012 – 2013 season, Ms. Amsellem returns to Opera . . . Company of Philadelphia as Mimi in “La bohème”, following her successful role and company debut in 2010 as Desdemona in “Otello”. She sings the title role in “La traviata” for Deutsche Oper Berlin, and makes her debut at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing as Antonia and Stella in “Les contes d’Hoffmann”. Ms. Amsellem returns to Seattle Opera as Musetta in “La bohème” and makes her Lyric Opera of Baltimore debut as Gilda in “Rigoletto”.
Recent performances include Micaëla in “Carmen” with Seattle Opera, a role she has performed at Covent Garden and in her debuts at Opéra National de Paris and The Metropolitan Opera with Placido Domingo and Maestro James Levine. Ms. Amsellem was also heard at Teatro Regio di Torino as Musetta, which she has performed with San Francisco Opera. Further performances included Violetta in “La traviata” in Bari and Genoa, Italy and a return to the Vienna State Opera in the title role of “Manon” alongside Rolando Villazon. In the 2009 – 2010 season, Ms. Amsellem was heard in performances of Tytania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Bari and Reggio Emilia, as well as performances of Gilda in “Rigoletto” in Palermo and Wiesbaden, Germany. Later in the season, she was heard as Violetta with Deutsche Oper Berlin, made her debut in Seville, Spain as Liu in “Turandot”, and was heard as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Updated August 2012