Acclaimed by the New York Times as "excellent" with "smooth tone", and "captivating" (Huffington Post),
Greek-African American mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms is a rising Philadelphia based opera singer. She is a member of the Curtis Institute of Music 2017-2019 Opera Theater roster as a Professional Opera Studies Certificate candidate. To much acclaim, she most recently performed the roles of Olga and Filippyevna in dual performances of Eugene Onegin and headlined as Baba (Madame Flora) in The Medium.
To begin the 2017 Fall season, Miss Bottoms joined the Lansing Symphony Orchestra for de Falla's fiery El Amor Brujo followed by her return to SUNY Fredonia for the Hillman Opera 60th Anniversary Gala performing selections from Carmen and Rigoletto. February 2018, 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 Fall 2018, Miss Bottoms will make her solo recital debut with Washington Performing Arts as a part of their Music in the Country series, followed by performances as Mrs Lovett in Curtis Opera Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd. She will later journey to Columbus, OH to originate the role of Frances in the Opera Columbus premiere of Korine Fujiwara's The Flood. A commission between Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, The Flood will be directed by Stephen Wadsworth and lead by maestro Steven Osgood.
A proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship and Toulmin Foundation Grant, Miss Bottoms is a recent Masters of Vocal Performance graduate of The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Marlena Malas. She holds a Bachelors of Music Performance degree from SUNY Fredonia as a student of Laurie Tramuta. Award-winning throughout the Eastern Coast, Miss Bottoms was a finalist in the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Councils Arkansas District, Encouragement Award recipient of the 2016 Opera Index Competition, Third Place finalist of the 2016 Gerda Lissner Lied/Song Competition, Third Place National Finalist of the 2016 Classical Singer National Competition, Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 SAI Vocal Competition and Grand Prize Finalist of the 2013 Fredonia Concerto Competition.
Summer of 2017, Miss Bottoms joined the Wolf Trap Opera program as a Studio Artist covering the roles of Baroness Aspasia in Rossini’s La pietra del paragone and the Stepmother in Glass/Moran’s The Juniper Tree. Her scenes work included Concepción in Ravel's L’heure espagnole, Sesto in Handel's Giulio Cesare and Penelope in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.
To begin the Spring Season of 2017 Miss Bottoms joined forces with Steven Blier and NYFOS for performances of Paul Bowles’ Picnic Cantata, set to the words of New York Poet James Schuyler, scored for four female voices, two pianos, and percussion. She went on to perform the role of Giunone in the Juilliard-Carnegie Hall production of Handel's Agrippina in Alice Tully Hall and cover the role of Marfa Ignatěvna Kabanová (Kabanicha) in Janáček's Káťa Kabanová. In her final masterclass, she performed as Carmen in a Juilliard LiveStream broadcast with acclaimed French conductor Maestro Emmanuel Villaume. She completed the season in her third and final Juilliard Cabaret Show titled "Therapy" with musical direction by Ian Axeness and dramatic coaching by Jeanne Slater.
Praised by the New York Times and Opera News, Miss Bottoms completed her Juilliard tenure as the Older Woman in Juilliard's production of Dove's Flight conducted by Maestro Steven Osgood and directed by James Darrah. In previous Juilliard seasons, she filled the role of Der Trommler in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Maestro Keri Lynn Wilson preceded by performances as Bianca in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia conducted by Maestro Mark Shapiro. She reunited with her mentor Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song for several performances throughout their 2016 season program of "Harry, Hoagy and Harold" following her residency as one of their Emerging Artists in Orient the summer of 2015. She was a featured soloist for the Juilliard Lab Orchestra masterclasses, singing selections from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn led by Maestro Alan Gilbert and later as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Maestro Fabio Luisi.
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. In February Miss Bottoms returned to WNYCO as Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti conducted by Maestro Glen Cortese and then joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in June as the Page in Strauss’ Salome conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin.
After a successful run in the summer of 2015 as the title character in Handel's Ariodante and concerts with Craig Rutenberg and Mikael Eliasen, Miss Bottoms returned to the Chautauqua Institution Summer Music Festival for the 2016 season to perform the roles of Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Maddalena in Rigoletto as well as performances with the Festival Symphony Orchestra as an SAI Concerto Competition Winner. To complete the summer Miss Bottoms performed De Falla's El Amor Brujo and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky. with Maestro Rossen Milanov and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
At SUNY Fredonia Miss Bottoms had a celebrated run with the Hillman Opera Company from 2010-2013 performing the titular role in Rossini's La Cenerentola, Frau Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber Von Windsor, and La Principessa in Suor Angelica, all under the baton of Maestro David Rudge. During her studies, she also performed with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and SOTA Opera Scenes as the Secretary in The Consul, Mum in Albert Herring, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. Her master class credits include work with Emmanuel Villaume, Fabio Luisi, Alan Gilbert, Ben Moore, Patricia Racette, Suzanne Mentzer, Dawn Upshaw, Stefania Donzelli, Barbara Hocher, Jay Lesenger and Victoria Vargas.
As part of her work with contemporary projects, Amanda has premiered principal roles in opera and art song repertoire, including the role of Inspector/Voice 2 in Randall’s Leaf, written by Peabody Masters Graduate Scott Miller, and a multiple percussion mezzo-soprano art song duet, titled A Driven Leaf, by SUNY Fredonia professor and alumni Michael Lanci. An advocate for public school music enrichment, Miss Bottoms with longtime collaborator and coach Dan K.Kurland, were engaged by the United Nations International School for a solo recital of prominent African American spirituals, art songs, and opera arias.
CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL
COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
THE KOVNER FELLOWSHIP
NHK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
WOLF TRAP OPERA/STUDIO
NYFOS/NYFOS @ JUILLIARD
THE GERDA LISSNER FOUNDATION
OPERA INDEX, INC.
DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHAUTAUQUA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LANSING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CHAUTAUQUA VOICE SUMMER FESTIVAL
HILLMAN OPERA COMPANY