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Avery Amereau has garnered much attention for the unique quality of her timbre and sensitivity to interpretation. Her voice was described as “a rich liquid mezzo-soprano that easily reached down into dark, velvety contralto territory’ ([Q]onStage). A singer and a natural actress, her onstage presence has earned her a Kovner Fellowship for the ADOS program at The Juilliard School, where she currently studies in New York City, as well as critical acclaim: “Amereau’s innate delicacy of manner embodied Lucretia’s vaunted chastity” (Opera News); “sensual... Amereau is achingly perfect” (The New York Times).
This season [‘16/’17], Ms. Amereau makes her operatic debuts at The Metropolitan Opera, Opera Columbus, and The Glyndebourne Festival. In concert, she will debut with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall to sing Berlioz’ Nuits D’ete, and with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Saint Thomas Church Concert Series. In addition, Ms. Amereau returns to sing the Alto solo in Saint John’s Passion with Voices of Ascension, led by Dennis Keene. Ms. Amereau’s operatic experience began at The Juilliard School, where she was first seen Olga in Eugene Onegin, followed by Mme. de la Haltiere (Cendrillion), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte)and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, a role that she covered at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Fiona Shaw’s acclaimed production. Last summer, she saw her role debut as Carmen the New York Opera Exchange, where she was reviewed as possessing “an effortlessly rich mezzo-soprano voice worthy of any professional stage in the industry, with charisma to match.” Recent concert engagements include the Duruflé Requiem with Voices of Ascension, an evening of Bach Cantatas with the Toledo Symphony, Martin’s Golgotha with the New Amsterdam Singers, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mass in C Major at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A.
Fostering a love for historical performance, Ms. Amereau has performed under the batons of renowned early music conductors Helmut Rilling, William Christie, Jordi Savall, and Maasaki Suzuki. She debuted at the Bachfest Leipzig and the Boston Early Music Festival in an all-Bach tour with Juilliard and the Royal Academy of Music under Maestro Suzuki, of which The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote, “mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau drew the drama from someplace deep within herself, the lowest notes a rich, enveloping curtain of clarity and undulating vibrato. Her sotto voceda capo was a moment of easy musical magic.” An avid recitalist, Ms. Amereau has performed recitals in New York, Florida, and Germany, which were broadcast on Bavarian Radio.
A native of Jupiter, Florida, Ms. Amereau received her Bachelor of Music degree at Mannes College studying under Dan Marek, and her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School studying under Edith Wiens. During the summers of 2011-2014, she studied at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany.
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