From: Dallas, Texas. LA Opera: Micaëla in Carmen (2013, debut; 2017); Papagena in The Magic Flute (2013); Musetta in La Bohème (2016). Upcoming: Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (2022). She was a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program (2012-14).
Soprano Amanda Woodbury has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as having a voice that is “bright, beautifully colored, and full of strength and passion.” The 2021/22 season sees Ms. Woodbury’s debut with the Glyndebourne Festival as the Countess in the Michael Grandage production of The Marriage of Figaro. Ms. Woodbury also returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the Celestial Voice in a new production of the original French version of Don Carlos, and cover the title role in Rodelinda. She will also make her house debut as Micaëla in Carmen with Palm Beach Opera. Orchestral engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the United States Naval Academy.
Her appearances for the 2022/23 season include Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore at the Metropolitan Opera.
Career highlights include multiple appearances at the Metropolitan Opera including the Countess inThe Marriage of Figaro, a role debut as Juliette in the new Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in The Pearl Fishers, Woglinde in Robert Lepage’s productions of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, appearances on the Rising Stars concert series, and covers of the title role in Manon, Norina in Don Pasquale and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann. Ms. Woodbury has also been regularly seen on the stage of LA Opera with roles including Micaëla in Carmen, Musetta in La Bohème, and Papagena in The Magic Flute. Additional operatic highlights include the role of Violetta in La Traviata with both the Glimmerglass Festival and San Antonio Opera, Pia in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei with the Spoleto festival, the title role in Bellini’s La Straniera with Washington Concert Opera, her role debut as Marguerite in Faust with Tulsa Opera, Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio with Des Moines Metro Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Omaha, and Dayton Opera, Pamina in The Magic Flute with Madison Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Merola Opera Program, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Woodbury had been scheduled to make her debut with the Glyndebourne Festival in the role of Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, and her debut with Opera Hong Kong as Opehlia in Thomas’ Hamlet, both of which were cancelled due to COVID-19.
Concert work includes her LA Philharmonic debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, Handel’s Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mahler’s Symphony Number 8 and Haydn’s Creation with the Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon, the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the Aspen Music Festival, Fauré’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and her international debut singing Ophelia’s mad scene from Hamlet with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Additional appearances include American Symphony Orchestra for a concert of Bach arias, marking her Alice Tully Hall debut, and Mozart's Mass in C with the New Choral Society.
In 2014 Ms. Woodbury was honored as a Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and second place and audience choice award in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Ms. Woodbury was also awarded both a Sarah Tucker Study Grant and Richard Tucker Career Grant, as well as Second Place and audience choice award in both the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition and the Dallas Opera competitions.
Ms. Woodbury received a master of music degree in vocal performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a bachelor of music degree at Indiana University, and currently resides in New York.