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Amanda Forsythe has been praised by Opera News for her
"light and luster", "wonderful agility and silvery top notes". In
August 2007, Ms. Forsythe made her European début, singing Corinna
in "Il Viaggio a Reims" at the Rossini Festival in
Pesaro. According to The Stage (UK), "Amanda Forsythe,
the outstanding Corinna, [was] technically in command of the role -
she delivered "All'ombra ammena" flawlessly with every run in
place, the legato lines seamless, the vocal line expressively
shaped in support of the text. It was perfection."
Following her success in Pesaro, she was immediately engaged at
the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Dalinda in Handel's
"Ariodante", where she was proclaimed "the discovery of the
evening" (Financial Times). She reprised this role in January
2008 at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
She returned to Pesaro in 2008 as Rosalia in Rossini's
"L'Equivoco Stravagante", and also performed in concert with
mezzo-soprano Joyce Didonato in duets from Bellini's "I Capuleti e
i Montecchi". Also in the 2007/2008 season, Ms. Forsythe made
débuts with The Calgary Philharmonic (Golijov's "Ainadamar"),
L'Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico (Mahler 2), and Gran Teatro
La Fenice (Rossini arias).
In the 2008/2009 season, Ms. Forsythe performed Handel's
"L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, ed il Moderato" with The Netherlands
Radio Philharmonic, "Le Nozze di Figaro" (Barbarina) at the Théâtre
des Champs-Élysées, "Xerxes" (Atalanta) with Boston Baroque, Blow's
"Venus and Adonis" (Venus) with The Boston Early Music
Festival, Handel's "Messiah" with The Baltimore Symphony and
Apollo's Fire, and Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea"
(Drusilla) with The Boston Early Music Festival.
In the 2009/2010 season, she co-starred with Ewa Podles
in Opera Boston's new production of Rossini's "Tancredi",
débuted with the Ulster Orchestra in Handel's "Alexander's Feast",
returned to The Hartford Symphony for Brahms' Requiem, and to
Boston Baroque for Handel's "Messiah. After a short maternity
leave, she made her Covent Garden début as Barbarina in
Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro", starring Soile Isokoski, Erwin
Schrott, and Mariusz Kwiecien.
In the 2010/2011 season, she returned to Covent Garden as
Manto in a new production of Steffani's "Niobe", conducted by
Thomas Hengelbrock, and directed by Lukas Hemleb. The
production was revived in December 2011 at the Grand
Théâtre de Luxembourg. Also in the 2010/2011
season, she débuted with Opera d'Angers-Nantes as Nannetta in
Verdi's "Falstaff", returned to The Boston Early Music Festival for
the title role in Steffani's "Niobe", and to Boston Baroque for
Rameau's "Les Indes Galantes".
Ms. Forsythe began the 2011/2012 season with a recording of
Haydn's "Creation" with Boston Baroque for Linn records. She
gave birth to her second son in November 2011, performed arias with
The Handel and Haydn Society in March 2012, and made her Seattle
debut in Handel's "Il Trionfo del Tempo" with Pacific
Musicworks. She returned to Covent Garden in the spring for
Verdi's "Falstaff". The new production was directed by Robert
Carsen and conducted by Daniele Gatti; Gramophone praised her
Nannetta as "meltingly beautiful".
The 2012/2013 season began with a performance and recording of
Handel's "Orlando" with Vancouver Early Music. She took
starring roles in Handel's "Partenope", "Apollo e Dafne", and
"Teseo" with Boston Baroque, Pacific Musicworks, and Philharmonia
Baroque. She also performed in concert with Apollo's Fire and
Mercury Baroque, and received rave reviews for her portrayal of
Princess Edilia in Handel's first opera, "Almira" with the Boston
Early Music Festival. Ms. Forsythe returns to Pesaro in
August 2013 to sing Jemmy in "Guillaume Tell" at the Rossini
Festival. The new production by Graham Vick will be conducted
by Michele Mariotti, and stars Nicola Alaimo, Marina Rebeka, and
Juan Diego Florez.