Amber Wagner

Soprano

Biography

American soprano Amber Wagner was recently featured in Opera News as one of twenty-five artists poised to break out and become a major force in classical music in the coming decade. The Chicago Tribune has praised Ms. Wagner for her, “gleaming, ample and effortless sound” and exclaimed that she possesses “[a] gorgeous, creamy tone… This is one remarkable voice.”

In the 2016-2017 season, Amber Wagner will make her Australian debut with Opera Australia in Melbourne as Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre and return to the Metropolitan Opera as Senta in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In Europe, she will reprise the title role in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos for her debut with Opéra national de Lorraine à Nancy. Ms. Wagner will also make her New York recital debut with the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library. Finally, she will return to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico for her first recording of select Wagner works.

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Reviews

“[As Elisabeth in Tannhäuser]…she produced a gleaming, ample and effortless sound that also was warm and womanly when it needed to be. This is a great role for Amber Wagner and she, too, scored a triumph.”

John von Rhein

Chicago Tribune

“As if to prove that one can have sound and dramatic intent, Amber Wagner sings Elisabeth with a gorgeous, pearly-yet-warm sound that alternately conveys worry, pride and even faintness of spirit. These states are part of the sound, mind you: when Elisabeth is anxious, for example, Wagner’s voice pairs a quick vibrato with an attack that is never late, capturing a mind that’s spinning faster than her words. And while Botha livens up a little in the later acts, finding moments of urgency, it is Wagner who really shines as this opera progresses. In the third act, her already exemplary voice seems to enter a new zone of relaxation and openness. She sings with a deepened command and an access to a horizon of sound that make it seem as though her throat had found six more inches of release. It’s a phenomenal performance.”

Dan Wang

Bachtrack