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Avery Amereau

“A rarity in music” and “an extraordinary American alto on the rise.”  NY Times

A native of Jupiter, Florida, Avery Amereau received her Bachelor of Music degree at Mannes College, and went on to study at The Juilliard School, where she was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and the Shoshana Foundation 2017 Richard F Gold Career Grant.  She has studied with Edith Wiens and Dan Marek.

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Introduction

She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2016 as the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and has since sung at the Glyndebourne Festival (Dryad/Ariadne); Seattle Opera (Ursula/Beatrice et Benedict); Opera Columbus (Carmen) and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Cherubino/Nozze di Figaro).  This season, Avery makes her débuts at the Salzburg Festival (Page/Salome) and Opera de Lille as Eduige/Rodelinda with Emmanuelle Haïm, reprises the role of Cherubino in her debut with the Tokyo Symphony, makes her BBC debut as Ursula in Beatrice and Benedict, and returns to Glyndebourne as Goffredo/Rinaldo.

Recent concerts include Vivaldi arias with the Orchestra of St Luke’s in New York; Mozart’s Requiem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Bramwell Tovey; Bach’s St John Passion and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Voices of Ascension, New York; Berlioz Les Nuits D’été and Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the American Classical Orchestra, and concerts of Handel and Vivaldi with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan.  Exceptional in baroque repertoire, she has worked with William Christie, Helmuth Rilling and Maasaki Suzuki, and at the Bachfest Leipzig and the Boston Early Music Festival.


Performance Schedule

  • 19:30 04 Oct 2018 Opera de Lille, LILLE More info  

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rodelinda

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
    Rodelinda: Jeanine De Bique
    Bertarido: Tim Mead
    Grimoaldo: Benjamin Hulett
    Eduige: Avery Amereau
    Unolfo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Garibaldo: Andrea Mastroni
    Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astree

  • 18:00 06 Oct 2018 Opera de Lille, LILLE More info  

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rodelinda

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
    Rodelinda: Jeanine De Bique
    Bertarido: Tim Mead
    Grimoaldo: Benjamin Hulett
    Eduige: Avery Amereau
    Unolfo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Garibaldo: Andrea Mastroni
    Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astree

  • 19:30 09 Oct 2018 Opera de Lille, LILLE More info  

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rodelinda

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
    Rodelinda: Jeanine De Bique
    Bertarido: Tim Mead
    Grimoaldo: Benjamin Hulett
    Eduige: Avery Amereau
    Unolfo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Garibaldo: Andrea Mastroni
    Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astree

  • 19:30 11 Oct 2018 Opera de Lille, LILLE More info  

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rodelinda

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
    Rodelinda: Jeanine De Bique
    Bertarido: Tim Mead
    Grimoaldo: Benjamin Hulett
    Eduige: Avery Amereau
    Unolfo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Garibaldo: Andrea Mastroni
    Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astree

  • 16:00 14 Oct 2018 Opera de Lille, LILLE More info  

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rodelinda

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
    Rodelinda: Jeanine De Bique
    Bertarido: Tim Mead
    Grimoaldo: Benjamin Hulett
    Eduige: Avery Amereau
    Unolfo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Garibaldo: Andrea Mastroni
    Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astree

  • 20:00 09 Nov 2018 Theatre de Caen, CAEN More info  

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rodelinda

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
    Rodelinda: Jeanine De Bique
    Bertarido: Tim Mead
    Grimoaldo: Benjamin Hulett
    Eduige: Avery Amereau
    Unolfo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Garibaldo: Andrea Mastroni
    Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astree

  • 17:00 11 Nov 2018 Theatre de Caen, CAEN More info  

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rodelinda

    Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
    Rodelinda: Jeanine De Bique
    Bertarido: Tim Mead
    Grimoaldo: Benjamin Hulett
    Eduige: Avery Amereau
    Unolfo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Garibaldo: Andrea Mastroni
    Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astree

  • 19:30 15 Nov 2018 Parish House Church of the Ascension, NEW YORK More info  

    JOSEPH MARTIN KRAUS Requiem in D minor
    ANTONIO SALIERI De profundis in G minor
    Interval
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Requiem Mass No. 19 in D minor K. 626

    Conductor: Dennis Keene
    Contralto: Avery Amereau
    Bass: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo

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    25 Mar 18 Review: Alto Rhapsody American Classical Orchestra
    Alice Tully Hall

    “Blessed with an instrument of uniform timbre from its strong top to its rich lowest register, Amereau could do no wrong, holding listeners spellbound with long vocal lines and a freedom of nuance that responded to every inflection of Brahms’s unutterably sad and sweet music.”

    David Wright, New York Classical Review, 25 May 2018

    “Brahms’s strange, limpidly beautiful “Alto Rhapsody” calls for a vocalist with depth and clarity throughout her range. Amereau more than measured up. Her mosaic of clear and cloudy timbres enriched Brahms’s sweetly wandering melodies, fulling expressing the composer’s many dimensions of feeling and craft. Together with the orchestra she magnificently sustained the second section’s mysterious emotionality. In the final section the gorgeous redemptive strains of the men’s choir supported the cool tonal control she maintained high and low, and the hymn-like passages sounded fulsome and pure.”

    Jon Sobel, Blog Critics, 28 March 2018

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    14 Apr 17 Review: St. John Passion St. Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Church
    New York Times

    “Mr. Keene had a superb Jesus in the bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and a terrific alto soloist in Avery Amereau, the only female singer in the performances I heard to venture the low-lying aria “Es ist vollbracht” (“It is accomplished”), accompanied by viola da gamba. Ms. Amereau is herself something of a welcome throwback at a time when countertenors have all but displaced contraltos in early music.”

    James R Oestrich, New York Times, 14 April 2017

     

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    15 Nov 16 Review: Manon Lescaut Metropolitan Opera, New York
    New York Times

    “Even the minor role of a musician who recites madrigals written by Manon’s rich patron, sung by the captivating Avery Amereau, stood out for the unusually rich, saturated auburn timbre of her voice.”

    Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times, 15 November 2016

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    19 Feb 15 Review: The Rape of Lucretia Julliard Opera
    New York Times

    “With her sensual mezzo-soprano voice, Avery Amereau is achingly perfect as Lucretia”

    Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 19 February 2015

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    15 May 15 Review: Carmen New York Opera Exchange
    Opera Today

    ” Avery Amereau (Carmen) has an effortlessly rich mezzo-soprano voice worthy of any professional stage in the industry, with the charisma to match.”

    Alexis Rodda, Opera Today, 15 May 2015