Cherubino was represented with complete grace by Amanda Crider, whom we have been able to admire on other occasions with the Florida Grand Opera. Diario Las Americas
Praised for her “focused golden toned voice,” American Mezzo-Soprano Amanda Crider is quickly gaining recognition for her extraordinary musicality and assured dramatic presence. Ms. Crider’s 2012-2013 season included appearances as Prince Orlofsky in Knoxville Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, Zerlina in Nevada Opera’s Don Giovanni, and the English Teacher in Paul’s Case with UrbanArias. Concert engagements included appearances with the Greeley Philharmonic and The Dallas Opera, and her return to both Apollo’s Fire and Seraphic Fire for Handel’s Messiah. In the 2011-2012 season, Amanda debuted with The Dallas Opera in La traviata, Opera Omaha in La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony as the Alto Soloist in the Mozart Requiem. She also appeared with Eugene Opera in Nixon in China, was Mezzo Soloist in Chansons Madécasses with the New World Symphony, and was a recitalist on the Trinity Church Concerts at One Recital Series. The 2013-2014 season features a return to the New World Symphony for Britten’s Phaedra.
In recent seasons, Ms. Crider debuted with Florida Grand Opera singing the role of Mallika in Lakmé, and went on to delight audiences as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. She was also heard in 2010 in the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific with Anchorage Opera, a role she had previously performed with Opera Boston. In addition, she sang with the New World Symphony in performances of De Falla’s The Three-cornered Hat, Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the Bach Festival Society, and Messiah with Apollo’s Fire. Other performances in recent seasons include Diana in Eugene Opera’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Cherubino with the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Eugene Opera, as well as The Monitor in Suor Angelica, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Mercedes in Carmen with the Florida Grand Opera.
Ms. Crider joined the roster of the New York City Opera in the fall of 2007 in Barber’s opera Vanessa covering the role of Erika. She has also performed with such companies as Des Moines Metro Opera as Siébel in Faust, Gotham Chamber Opera as the 2nd Gypsy in Scenes of Gypsy Life, and for her first foray into the operatic world, Ms. Crider performed the role of L’Enfant in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Tanglewood Music Center. The Boston Globe said she sang with “ineffable tenderness,” and was hailed by Opera News as “delightful.”
Ms. Crider has been lauded for her fine interpretations of early music. She has been a soloist in recent seasons with the Bach Festival Society of Florida, and the renowned baroque ensemble from Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire. She was heard as Pastore #3 in the 2007 Glimmerglass Opera production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and returned for a second season in 2008 where she excelled in a performance of the role of Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, when the artist she was covering was indisposed. She also performed an evening of Baroque arias and duets with internationally renowned soprano Lisa Saffer and the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2008.
An impeccable interpreter of song and oratorio, Ms. Crider made her Carnegie Hall debut in the fall of 2007 singing as mezzo soloist in Messiah with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She returned to Carnegie Hall in April of 2008 as mezzo soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Her other concert credits include mezzo soloist in Messiah with numerous orchestras such as the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony, as well as appearances with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.