“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.
She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2016 as the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The New York Times praised her performance as “captivating…. [Amereau] stood out for the unusually rich, saturated auburn timbre of her voice.”
She has since sung at the Glyndebourne Festival (Dryad/Ariadne), Seattle Opera (Ursula/Beatrice et Benedict), Opera Columbus (Carmen), Grand Théâtre de Genève (Cherubino/Nozze di Figaro), and at the Salzburg Festival (Page/Salome).
This season, Avery will sing Eduige/Rodelinda with Emmanuelle Haïm in her house and role debut at Opera de Lille and for Opera de Lyon, and will return to the Glyndebourne Festival as Goffredo/Rinaldo. On the concert platform, she will sing Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Seattle Symphony, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the Colorado Symphony and the New West Symphony, make her debut with the Early Opera Company in Dido and Aeneas at the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and make her BBC debut as Ursula in Beatrice and Benedict.
Exceptional in baroque repertoire, whilst at the Juilliard she performed with the school’s historical performance department under such conductors as William Christie and Maasaki Suzuki, and sang at the Bachfest Leipzig and the Boston Early Music Festival.
Recent concerts include Vivaldi arias with the Orchestra of St Luke’s in New York, Mozart’s Requiem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic under Bramwell Tovey, and Bach’s St John Passion and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Voices of Ascension, New York. Among her many Messiah performances are the Phoenix Symphony, Nashville Symphony, University Musical Society of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Saint Thomas Church Choir. Elsewhere, she has sung Berlioz Les Nuits D’été and Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the American Classical Orchestra under Thomas Crawford, and concerts of Handel and Vivaldi with the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan.