American soprano Amber Wagner has been featured in Opera News as one of twenty-five artists poised to break out and become a major force in classical music in the coming decade. In a recent review of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer at The Metropolitan Opera, the New York Times described her as possessing a “powerful, gleaming and richly expressive voice [which] was ideal for the music.”
2018-2019 season highlights included Giorgetta in Puccini's Il Tabarro at The Metropolitan Opera, Turandot with Opera Australia, Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Oper Frankfurt and a Tanglewood concert performance of the same under the baton of Andris Nelsons.
In the 2017-2018 season, Amber Wagner reprised the role of Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre in concert with Sir Andrew Davis at the Edinburgh Festival in summer 2017. Again under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, she returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Turandot, a role she debuted with Vancouver Opera earlier in the season. She also made her debut in the title role of Aida with Opera Australia and reprised Senta in Der fliegende Holländer in Rome with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Mikko Franck conducting, as well as in Turin with the National RAI Symphony Orchestra with James Conlon. In addition, she returned to the Oregon Symphony to sing Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Carlos Kalmar. In the 2016-2017 season, Amber Wagner made her Australian debut with Opera Australia as Sieglinde and returned to The Metropolitan Opera as Senta conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin to great critical acclaim.
Symphonic highlights include Verdi’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony under Sir Andrew Davis, as well as with the Taipei Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Kansas City Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and Grant Park Music Festival; Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Spokane Symphony, and Oregon Symphony; a concert of Strauss songs with L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Aspen Music Festival conducted by Robert Spano; Sieglinde in Act 1 in concert performances of Die Walküre with the Colorado Symphony; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Grant Park Music Festival and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Oregon Symphony. Ms. Wagner also participated in The Metropolitan Opera’s summer concert series in Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City, and in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Millennium Park concert, where she sang excerpts from Cavalleria Rusticana.