Noted for singing ‘with dramatic flair as well as vocal power’, New Zealand soprano Amanda Atlas is a unique and compelling performer. She has sung leading operatic roles in Europe, America and Australasia, returning to her home country in 2009 in order to raise her child and continue her career based there and in Australia.
The previous ten years saw Ms Atlas based in America and Europe, where she quickly gained a reputation as a real singing actress, equally at home in opera, musical theatre, and in concert. Ms Atlas has received international acclaim for her portrayals of the title roles in Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, and Susannah; Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera), Desdemona (Otello), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Suzel (L’amico Fritz), Musetta (La Boheme), Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffmann), Rose (Kurt Weill’s Street Scene), Julie Jordan (Carousel), Soprano Lead (Side by Side by Sondheim) and Clara in the NewYork off-Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Passion. She made her Nashville Opera debut singing Poulenc’s one-woman opera La Voix Humaine to standing ovations and great critical acclaim. Ms. Atlas made her Lincoln Center debut in the world premiere of Soong’s Return to Paradise, sharing the stage with famed late tenor Jerry Hadley.
Oratorio and concert repertoire includes Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Mahler’s Second Symphony,Verdi’s Requiem, Bruckner’s f Minor Mass, Orff ’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah,Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s St John Passion. Ms Atlas has appeared in concert with orchestras and choirs the world over, notably the Birmingham Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Auckland Choral, and the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. After her performance of the Four Last Songs Christopher Morley of the Birmingham Post wrote ‘Amanda (Winfield)... showed herself profoundly attuned to the texts and vocally capable of soaring above the dark colours of the eloquent scoring. Such was the triumph of this performance... that there was a sense that Brunnhilde’s Immolation from Wagner’s Gotterdammerung might be over the horizon’.
Recent seasons have seen Ms Atlas return to New York for a successful run singing Magda in Menotti’s The Consul (receiving great critical acclaim in the US opera media - Opera News wrote ‘Amanda (Winfield)'s portrayal of Magda grew in intensity from beginning to end.The high point of The Consul is Magda's... "To this we've come." (Winfield) paced the line perfectly, ultimately arriving at a conclusion of powerful anguish’); performing the role of Gerhilde (and Sieglinde cover) in Wagner’s Die Walkure with the NZSO; and working as a Resident Artist with New Zealand Opera, where she covered the roles of Senta in The Flying Dutchman and Musetta in La Boheme. 2016 saw Ms Atlas make her Opera Australia debut singing Siegrune and covering Second Norn in their internationally acclaimed Ring Cycle. Ms Atlas received great acclaim for her interpretation of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Melbourne’s CitiOpera, and she recently made her Christchurch Showbiz debut, with one review exclaiming ‘Amanda Atlas sang and acted like it was the last time she was ever going to take the stage. Nothing was left in the wings, her soul was laid bare, and her vocal mastery and embodiment of the character was out of this world’. The end of 2018 saw her sing the role of The Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in the first locally produced and staged opera performance in Christchurch New Zealand since the devastating Canterbury Earthquakes, and she is passionate about continuing to develop the operatic art form in her home city.