From: Cheektowaga, New York. LA Opera: Omar's Mother in Omar (2022, mainstage debut); soloist in Tyshawn Sorey's Digital Short Death (2021).

Heralded for her “superb vocal and dramatic chops” by Opera News, with “stunning vocal beauty and absolute sincerity of expression” in Chicago Classical Review, mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms will return to the Santa Fe Opera this summer to cover the title role of Carmen followed by performances with the Akron Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic. Previously in the 2021/22 season, she starred as Charlie Tyler in the Dayton Opera world premiere of Laura Kaminsky's Finding Wright and debuted as Leocasta in Giustino with Long Beach Opera. An advocate for innovative new works, she also starred in the first opera commissioned for a planetarium: Galaxies in Her Eyes, directed by Kristyne McIntyre and written by Mark Lanz Weiser and Amy S. Pun.

Praised by the New York Times as “commanding with captivating texture” and Opera News for “luxurious full tone and interpretive intensity”, Amanda Lynn Bottoms was a featured Apprentice Artist in 2021 with Santa Fe Opera covering Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fillipyevna in Eugene Onegin, Ino in The Lord of Cries, and singing Carmen in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Showcase. To much acclaim, she headlined the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago Fall 2021 recital series; the opening performance, Songs of the New World, was named one of Chicago Classical Review’s 'Best of 2021' alongside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the final recital, The Songs We Carried, received honorable mention. A beloved guest artist of the New York Festival of Song led by Steven Blier, she collaborated with the institution for several performances this season, including their return to live performance “And…We’re Back” 

Amanda Lynn Bottoms is an alumna of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera where her mainstage work included roles in the Maurice Sendak production of The Magic Flute, Menotti’s The Consul, and the world premiere of Michael Lanci's Admissions in the Washington National Opera AOI program. Bottoms had a “dramatically and vocally glamorous” debut (Parterre Box) in the Opera Philadelphia O19 Festival, as Smeraldina in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, and continued featured work with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, New York Festival of Song, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Emerging Voices recital series. 

Prominent debuts include Paquette in Candide with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the UCLA Symphony, Mercédès in Carmen with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Songfest with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Brothers Balliett’s Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses at Carnegie Hall, originating the role of Frances in the world premiere of Korine Fujiwara's The Flood with Opera Columbus, Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo with Lansing Symphony Orchestra and Anita in West Side Story with the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo under the baton of Paavo Järvi. 

She has received recognition and awards from prestigious international competitions including the George London Foundation, Loren L. Zachary Society, Operalia, Gerda Lissner, Opera Index, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regionals. She holds a certificate of professional studies in opera from the Curtis Institute of Music, a master of music degree from the Juilliard School where she was a coveted Kovner Fellow, and a bachelor of music degree from SUNY Fredonia.  

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