Amber Evans is a soprano originally from Brisbane, Australia, currently in her final year of a Masters of Music in Contemporary Classical Voice under the tutelage of Lucy Shelton at the Manhattan School of Music. Her recently performed repertoire within the program includes works by George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Lukas Foss, and Luciano Berio. She is looking forward to presenting Philippe Leroux’s Voi(Rex) this March, and Babbitt’s A Solo Requiem in April. This academic year, she has also had the privilege to be the assistant conductor for MSM’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, scheduled for performances in March. Last year within Manhattan School of Music’s opera department, Ms. Evans presented the roles of Fiordiligi in scenes from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine. Last summer, she was the recipient of the Hiebert Performance Prize at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Tuscany for her performances of Berberian’s Stripsody and Jakob Bragg’s Elegy for Chamberlain and a resident fellow in the Contemporary Performance Institute at Wellesley College, MA.
Prior to her studies in New York, Ms. Evans received her Masters in Choral Studies (Conducting) at the University of Cambridge, where she also was presented with the opportunity to perform the roles of La Contessa in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, La Musica in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, premiered the Countess in Owain Park’s The Snow Child (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and presented choreographed performances of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Cambridge University Opera Society. As well as her operatic and solo interests, Ms. Evans is an avid chorister. She has previously been a mainstay member of The Australian Voices, Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Magdalena (Alamire Scholars, UK), Sidney Sussex College Choir (Cambridge) and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir. Working with The Australian Voices SIX presented her with the opportunity to tour Guatemala, United States, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and China. As the choir’s composer-in-residence and assistant conductor, she has had two choral works published by Edition Peters and recorded under the Warner Classics label. Within the New York choral scene, Ms. Evans sings frequently with the Cathedral Choir at St. John the Divine, Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, the vocal quartet at Church of the Holy Innocents, and Pomerium. She plans to promulgate her passion for contemporary choral and vocal music as she continues her postgraduate studies in New York.