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Quickly gaining a reputation for her beautiful fluid top register and dramatic flair, soprano Amelia Watkins has performed with leading orchestras and opera companies in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe. She has recently appeared in such prestigious venues as the Estates Theatre (National Theatre, Prague), the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Lincoln Center, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the Gewandhaus (Germany), and in concert in Hong Kong. 2010 saw Amelia's debut with New York City Opera in L'etoile (Laoula cover), as a featured performer in the 2010 NYCO VOX festival, and her role debut as Königen der Nacht (Queen of the Night) in Die Zauberflöte with the OSDL in Quebec. 2011 engagements include the roles of Dafne in Handel's Apollo & Dafne + Susan Hoerchner in the new opera Clarence & Anita, as well as recital and concert work in New York and Philadelphia.
Embracing musical styles from Bach to Berio and beyond, Amelia has collaborated with many up-and-coming composers and performers, including the Anti-Social Music Society, Friends & Enemies of New Music, and the Minimum Security Composers Collective, among others. Ms. Watkins has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, a Young Artist at the Berkshire Opera, a featured academy artist at the Verbier Festival, a participant of the Cleveland Art Song Festival, and a resident performer with the Metropolitan Opera outreach program.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Amelia is the recipient of substantial grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers, and a laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. She is the winner of the Deuxième Prix Lyrique Français at the Concours d'interpretation de Musique Française de Montréal, finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and has been recognized in other regional, national and international competitions. Amelia can be heard in recording on Albany Records, as well as with the MDR symphony in the premiere of German composer Manfred Trojahn's Requiem, on the Grammy Award nominated Bobby McFerrin recording VOCAbuLarieS, and on various film and television scores.
More info at www.ameliawatkins.com