Admired for her rich, powerful voice and exceptional dramatic abilities, soprano Amanda Echalaz has appeared at such leading opera houses as the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Semperoper Dresden, and Sydney Opera House. Hailed as the “leading Tosca of her generation,” Echalaz will open the 2016/17 season singing Puccini’s titular role at the Semperoper Dresden, in addition to performances as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and Lucia in The Exterminating Angel at Covent Garden.
Echalaz’s engagements from recent season have included Cio-Cio-San for her debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lucia in the world premiere of Thomas Ades’ The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festival, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and in a new production at the English National Opera, the title roles in Manon Lescaut and Salomé at La Monnaie, and the title role in Tosca at Covent Garden, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Opera Australia, and Santa Fe Opera.
Highlights from previous seasons have also included Echalaz’s debut as Elisabetta in Don Carlos at the Berlin State Opera, her debut as Maddalena in Andrea Chénier at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, Liù in Turandot at the English National Opera, Cio-Cio-San with the Cape Town Opera, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Holland Park, and Tosca at the English National Opera, Salzburg Landestheater, and for her debut at the Berlin State Opera. She triumphed sensationally at Covent Garden when she took over the same role for an indisposed Angela Gheorghiu on short notice.
Echalaz came to worldwide prominence when she represented South Africa in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. She made her debut at Covent Garden in 2008, when she was invited to create the role of Kir in the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur, under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. This was also the season in which Echalaz established herself as a major emerging talent, garnering unanimous critical acclaim for her portrayal of Puccini’s heroine Tosca at Opera Holland Park. Following these breakthrough performances, Echalaz was invited to reprise the role for the Salzburg Landestheater, Berlin State Opera, and Opéra national du Rhin.