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.”
Amber Wagner’s 2018-2019 season begins with a return to the Metropolitan Opera, for her role debut as Giorgetta in Il Trittico, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. She returns to Opera Australia to sing the title role in Puccini’s Turandot, and later reprises the role of Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Oper Frankfurt, conducted by Sebastian Weigle.
In the 2017-2018 season, Amber Wagner made her role debut as Aida with Opera Australia. With Sir Andrew Davis, she returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Turandot, a role she debuted with Vancouver Opera earlier in the season. Also with Sir Andrew Davis, Ms. Wagner reprised the role of Sieglinde in concert at the Edinburgh Festival and reprised Senta in Der fliegende Holländer in Rome with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia conducted by Mikko Franck, as well as in Turin with the National RAI Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon. In addition, she returned to the Oregon Symphony to sing Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Carlos Kalmar.
Operatic highlights of Ms. Wagner’s recent seasons include her company debut with Opera Australia as Sieglinde, and her company debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos opposite Jonas Kaufmann and conducted by Kirill Petrenko, a role she later reprised for her company debuts with Minnesota Opera and Palm Beach Opera. She returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to debut the role of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore conducted by Asher Fisch, and the role of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Ms. Wagner returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Senta conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (to great critical acclaim), and returned to Oper Frankfurt to sing Senta and Sieglende.
Other recent operatic engagements include her European debut with the Prague State Opera as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde; appearances as Elsa in Lohengrin with Lyric Opera of Chicago conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; Elsa and Senta with the Savonlinna Opera Festival; Leonora in La forza del destino at Washington National Opera in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello, and her return as Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera conducted by Fabio Luisi; the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos at Lyric Opera of Chicago and in concert performances at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, both conducted by Mo. Davis, as well as with the Canadian Opera Company, and Sieglinde at Oper Frankfurt with Sebastian Weigle.
Symphonic highlights include Verdi’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Asher Fisch, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice conducted by Philippe Auguin, Houston Symphony conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Taipei Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Kansas City Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and Grant Park Music Festival. Ms. Wagner performed 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; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Grant Park Music Festival and Russian National Orchestra at the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Oregon Symphony. With the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, Ms. Wagner performed several Strauss Lieder, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and performed an all-Wagner program — later returning for her first recording of select Wagner works.
Other highlights on the concert stage include a concert of select Wagner works with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Asher Fisch, and Senta in a concert performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival conducted by James Conlon. 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. Amber Wagner appeared in recital with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton under the auspices of the Tucson Desert Song Festival and Arizona Opera, and made her New York recital debut with the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library.
Amber Wagner is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Grand Finals, Liederkranz Foundation Competition, and recipient of a Richard Tucker Career Grant Award, Kirsten Flagstad Award from the George London Foundation, and Sullivan Foundation Career Grant. She is also the first place winner of the Palm Beach Opera and Palm Springs Opera Guild Competitions, winner of the Lynne Harvey Scholarship from the Musicians Club of Women, and winner of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition. As part of her participation in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Wagner was also featured in the documentary “The Audition.” She is a native of Oregon.