Biography of Amanda Squitieri

Soprano Amanda Squitieri has been praised for her "warm soprano" voice, "bright, ripe" sound (Opera News), as well as her engaging stage presence and versatility that makes her “one of the most engaging singers of the younger generation” (Opera News).

Amanda Squitieri created the role of Beatrice Russo in Daniel Catan’s 'Il Postino' in the world premiere performances at Los Angeles Opera. She has subsequently debuted this piece at Theater An der Wien, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico and Teatro Municipal in Santiago Chile. Both critics and audiences have praised her performance in this role with the Associated Press stating, “Soprano Amanda Squitieri sang Beatrice, moving gracefully across the stage and pairing it with a compelling voice in a manner few singers do.”

Recently, Amanda performed the role of Valencienne in the lovable Operetta, "The Merry Widow", with Deborah Voigt at the Michigan Opera Theater to critical acclaim.

Ms. Squitieri has debuted at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as Catherine in William Bolcolm’s 'A View from the Bridge', Opéra National de Paris debut at the Palais Garnier as Esmeralda in 'The Bartered Bride' conducted by Jirí Belohlávek, and Los Angeles Opera as Lisette in 'La rondine' conducted by music director James Conlon. She has also been seen as Anne in Sondheim’s 'A Little Night Music' at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in a production directed by famed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, at the Metropolitan Opera covering the role of Alice in the new 'Le Comte Ory' directed by Bartlett Sher, and in a triumphant performance as Manon in Noel Coward’s 'Bitter Sweet' at Bard SummerScape. Other performances have included Adina in 'L’elisir d’amore' and Lisette in 'La rondine' at Michigan Opera Theatre, Maria in a concert version of 'West Side Story' with Orchestra of Valencia, Rose in the New York City premiere of Elliott Carter’s 'What Next?' directed by Christopher Alden, Gluck’s 'L’île de Merlin' with the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as covering title role in 'The Cunning Little Vixen' at the Saito Kinen Festival under Seiji Ozawa and as Micaela in 'Carmen' at the Jesi Festival in Jesi, Italy.

Amanda has been enjoying the Southern California music scene and recently demonstrated her versatility with Rob Kapilow in his "What Makes It Great?" series at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, where they looked into the music of Jerome Kern and in a subsequent evening, examined the music of Lerner and Loewe.  She joined Golden Globe-winning conductor/composer Andrea Morricone leading the acclaimed AMOR Symphonic Orchestra performing the famous love theme from Cinema Paradiso entitled "You" at the Broad Theater in Santa Monica, CA.  Later on,  she performed with the Dana Point Symphony in "A Taste of Vienna" in an all Mozart program conducted by Dean Anderson.  She was also seen at Casa Romantica, San Clemente, in a recital she created, examining the links between opera and musical theater characters. This past Fall, Amanda happily teamed up with David Bridel (director) and Mark Robson (musical director) in a fully staged new production of "La Voix Humaine" at the Boston Court Theater in Pasadena California and  performed with the Verdi Chorus, as their soprano soloist, in Santa Monica, CA.

Ms. Squitieri has appeared many times at Washington National Opera in roles such as Susanna in 'Le nozze di Figaro', Zerlina in 'Don Giovanni' conducted by Plácido Domingo, Lauretta in 'Gianni Schicchi', Papagena in 'Die Zauberflöte', Thisbe in 'La Cenerentola', Rosita in 'Luisa Fernanda', and Olga in Act II of 'Fedora' for the “Domingo and Friends 50th Anniversary Celebration.” An alumna of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Ms. Squitieri performed the role of Esther Dudley in the world premiere of Scott Wheeler's 'Democracy, An American Comedy' and Adina in 'L'elisir d'amore'. Ms. Squitieri was voted one of Washington National Opera’s ‘Artists of the Year’. 



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