AMANDA LYNN BOTTOMS, mezzo-soprano



Amanda Lynn Bottoms begins the 2019/2020 season as a new member of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera. Her mainstage work will include roles in Francesca Zambello’s iconic PORGY & BESS, the Maurice Sendak production of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Menotti’s THE CONSUL and the world premiere of NIGHT TRIP in the Washington National Opera AOI program. 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.

Ms. Bottoms competed in this years Operalia Competition hosted in Prague, was a finalist in the George London Competition, recipient of the 2019 London Encouragement Award and was a national finalist in the Zachary Society Vocal Competition. In addition, she was a Memphis District Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Councils and competed as a finalist in the Southeast Region Finals in Atlanta.

This summer featured her return to the Philadelphia Orchestra in CANDIDE with maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mahler SYMPHONY NO.2 with the UCLA Symphony and Mercedes in CARMEN with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Concert work for the 2018/2019 season featured dual performances with the UCLA Symphony debuting Richard Danielpour’s newest work THE PASSION OF YESHUA and Strauss’ VIER LETZTE LIEDER with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. To much acclaim, she made her return to Carnegie Hall under the baton of Mark Shapiro for the world premiere of The Brothers Balliett’s FIFTY TRILLION MOLECULAR GENIUSES.

A recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, her mainstage work in the 2017-2019 seasons, included debuts 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. 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, Curtis/Opera Philadelphia co-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, summer of 2018, Bottoms made her debut as CARMEN with the Festival Symphony Orchestra in the historic Chautauqua amphitheater. 



Highlights of prior seasons in New York 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, and 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 QUARTEREDby 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.