AMANDA LYNN BOTTOMS, mezzo-soprano

BIOGRAPHY

 

Amanda Lynn Bottoms continues her 2018/2019 season as a second year Opera Theatre Artist with the Curtis Institute of Music. Her mainstage work this season includes a debut as Mrs. Lovett in Emma Griffins’ new production of SWEENEY TODD and covering Donna Elvira in R.B. Schlather’s reimagined DON GIOVANNI. Beyond Curtis, she joined the Juilliard Symphony at Carnegie Hall for their Bernstein Centennial concert and originated the role of Frances in the world premiere of THE FLOOD with Opera Columbus. She was most recently named a Memphis District Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Councils and will compete as a finalist in the Southeast Region Finals this March in Atlanta. Ms. Bottoms was named a finalist in this years George London Competition and was a recipient of the 2019 London Encouragement Award. This Fall she will debut with Opera Philadelphia as part of their O19 Festival, performing the role of Smeraldina in Prokofiev’s THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES.

Concert work for the 2018/2019 season includes dual performances with the UCLA Symphony first performing Richard Danielpour’s newest work THE PASSION OF YESHUA this winter, and Mahler’s SYMPHONY No. 2 in the spring. She will make her return to Carnegie Hall under the baton of Mark Shapiro for the world premiere of the Brothers Balliett’s FIFTY TRILLION MOLECULAR GENIUSES.

Bottoms’ 2017/2018 season was highlighted by a number of exciting debuts and collaborations: Miss Bottoms made her solo recital debut with Washington Performing Arts as a part of their Music in the Country series alongside Milos Repicky, in addition to performances as Baba in THE MEDIUM and Olga in EUGENE ONEGIN, both Curtis productions. A performance of de Falla's EL AMOR BRUJO with Lansing Symphony Orchestra was followed by her return to SUNY Fredonia for the Hillman Opera 60th Anniversary Gala performing selections from CARMEN and RIGOLETTO. In addition, she debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra and traveled to Tokyo, Japan to perform the role of Anita in Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Paavo Järvi. In her return to the Chautauqua Institute this past summer, Bottoms made her debut as CARMEN with the Festival Symphony Orchestra in the historic Chautauqua amphitheater. 

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Career Highlights


Highlights of prior seasons include Miss Bottoms work with Steven Blier and NYFOS in Paul Bowles’ PICNIC CANTATA, Giunone in the Juilliard-Carnegie Hall production of Handel's AGRIPPINA in Alice Tully Hall, covering the role of Marfa Ignatěvna Kabanová (Kabanicha) in Janáček's KÁŤA KABANOVÁ and her final Juilliard livestream masterclass, performing as CARMEN with acclaimed French conductor Maestro Emmanuel Villaume.

Praised by the New York Times and Opera News, Miss Bottoms work at Juilliard encompassed Older Woman in Juilliard's production of Dove's FLIGHT conducted by Maestro Steven Osgood and directed by James Darrah, Der Trommler in DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS with Maestro Keri Lynn Wilson, Bianca in Britten's THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA conducted by Maestro Mark Shapiro.

Summer 2017 had Ms. Bottoms as a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, covering the roles of Baroness Aspasia in Rossini’s LA PIETRA DEL PARAGONE and the Stepmother in Glass/Moran’s THE JUNIPER TREE, in addition to scene work as Concepción in Ravel's L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE, Sesto in Handel's GIULIO CESARE and Penelope in Monteverdi's IL RITORNO D'ULISSE IN PATRIA.


Under the baton of Maestro Mark Shapiro, May 2016, Miss Bottoms made her Carnegie Hall debut on the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage as a soloist with the Cecilia Chorus in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. With Maestro Jeffrey Milarski and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, Miss Bottoms made her Alice Tully debut premiering the Juilliard Composition Concerto winning song cycle Quartered by Anne Qian Wang.

Numerous seasons at the Chautauqua Institute have seen Miss Bottoms as the titular character of Handel's ARIODANTE, concerts with Craig Rutenberg and Mikael Eliasen, Dritte Dame in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Maddalena in RIGOLETTO as well as performances with the Festival Symphony Orchestra as an SAI Concerto Competition Winner, and guest artist debuts in De Falla's EL AMOR BRUJO and Prokofiev's ALEXANDER NEVSKY with Maestro Rossen Milanov leading the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.