Praised for her “lustrous” tone (Opera News) and “beautifully polished” presentation (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Amina Edris was born in Egypt and raised in New Zealand. Having brought the Bastille “to their knees” (Forumopera) with her recent performance of Manon at Opéra national de Paris, she is quickly emerging as one of opera’s most exciting young stars.
Ms. Edris began her 2019/20 season with a return to the San Francisco Opera as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. This was followed by her debut at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève as Fatime in Les Indes galantes, in a new production by Lydia Steier. Having debuted the title role in Manon to great acclaim at the Opéra national de Bordeaux in the 2018/19 season, she performed the role again in France, this time as she made her debut at the Opéra national de Paris in a new production by Vincent Huguet. Equally at home on the concert stage, she will remain in France to sing Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle on tour with the Orchestre National des Pays de La Loire, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, and perform in a gala concert at the Opéra national de Bordeaux.
In the coming seasons, Edris will return to the San Francisco Opera and Opéra national de Bordeaux and make her debut at Opéra de Limoges. Other roles in her repertoire include Violetta in La traviata, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Norina in Don Pasquale, Tina in Flight, Micaëla in Carmen, Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, and Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles. On the concert stage, she has performed Fauré’s Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
Amina Edris was awarded First Prize and Audience Prize at the inaugural Concours Bordeaux Medoc Lyrique in 2018, is a winner of the Deborah Riedel award in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Competition, and was a winner at the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria Competition. Ms. Edris participated in the Merola Opera Program after completing her studies, subsequently becoming an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. She holds a Bachelor of Music from University of Canterbury, a Masters from the Wales International Academy of Voice, and a post-graduate diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.