Biography

One of America’s most distinguished dramatic coloratura sopranos, Amanda Pabyan has been described by the New York Times as “a brilliant coloratura” and “technically agile, clarion toned and incisive.” Upcoming engagements include her role debut as Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Shippensburg Music Festival, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Guatemala National Symphony and a return to Opera on the James as the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Recently, she returned to Syracuase Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Roselinda in Die Fledermaus with Opera on the James, joined the Cincinnati Symphony as a soloist in their ArtsWave concert series, and an appearance in From Stage to Screen with the Cincinnati Pops.  Additional highlights include an appearance as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Atelier, Anchorage Opera, and Arizona Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with the Lyrique-en-mer festival in Belle-ile, her role debut of Juliette in Romeo et Juliette with Syracuse Opera, an appearance with the Seattle Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a cover of the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with both New York City Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Having proved her mettle singing Mozart’s formidable Queen of the Night throughout the United States in the Ms. Pabyan moved into more lyrical repertoire, making her role and house debut as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serailwith Anchorage Opera.  She has appeared as Gretel for Washington National Opera’s Hansel und Gretel, Handel’s Messiah with Boston Baroque, and reprised her Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serailfor Boston Lyric Opera.  Ms. Pabyan made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte under the baton of James Levine.  Other recent opera engagements include Die Zauberflöte with Opera Colorado, Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Michigan Opera Theatre, and the title role in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at Glimmerglass Opera.   In the 2005-2006 season Ms. Pabyan was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera and the Dallas Opera for productions of Ariadne auf Naxos, by New York City Opera for Capriccio, and by the Dallas Opera and Utah Symphony & Opera for Die Zauberflöte.  She also joined James Conlon and the Cincinnati Symphony May Festival for concert performances of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and returned to Canterbury Opera in Christchurch, New Zealand to sing her first Lucia di Lammermoor garnering rave reviews from the press.  

Other operatic highlights include Die Zauberflöte at Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, and New York City Opera, Paul Bunyan at Florida Grand Opera, Thaïs at Kentucky Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Portland Opera, the title role of Lakmé with the Canterbury Opera, and Rosmene in Handel’s Imeneo at Glimmerglass Opera. On the concert stage, she has joined the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center in a triple-bill of semi-staged operas by Hindemith, performed the Fauré Requiem with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and appeared in a New Year’s Eve performance with the Boston Pops Orchestra in a program saluting the Viennese tradition.

Ms. Pabyan participated in the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and was the 2002 New England Regional Winner and a National Semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  She joined Glimmerglass Opera as a member of the Young American Artist Program in the summer of 2002 and appeared with the Santa Fe Opera in 2001 as part of the company’s Apprentice Artist Program.  Ms. Pabyan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and is completing a Doctorate in Vocal Performance at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Pabyan has made a recording of Italian Cantatas and German Arias, “Nel dolce dell’oblio,” with Callisto.

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Amanda Pabyan impresses with “perfect comic timing” in Syracuse’s Nozze di Figaro

Amanda Pabyan interprets Susanna as a capable, strong young woman, one who can surmount hurdles that threaten to keep her from marrying her true love. Her Act II aria as she puts girl’s clothes on the lusty Cherubino, a pants role played perfectly by Irene Roberts, reveals her perfect comic read more