"... The young lady everyone is talking about - Amanda Echalaz. Her Tosca at Holland Park wowed even my most hardened colleagues, but this Tosca (Royal Opera House) on the very stage Callas once trod was blessed with with a temperament and a completeness that was world class. It's rare to find a voice of such true spinto colour, dark plangent with a stonking top... exceptional talent."
Edward Seckerson, The Independent
Hailed as one of the most exciting singers of her generation, soprano Amanda Echalaz has appeared at all the major opera houses including the Royal Opera House, The Metropolitan Opera House and Sydney Opera House. Admired for her rich, powerful voice and exceptional dramatic abilities she has been described as the "leading Tosca of her generation".
Echalaz came to worldwide prominence when she represented South Africa in the Cardiff Singer of the World. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House in the 2008 season when she was invited to create the role of Kir in the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's opera The Minotaur under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. This was the season Echalaz announced herself as a major emerging talent when she garnered unanimous critical acclaim for her portrayal of Pucinni's heroine Tosca at Opera Holland Park.
Following these breakthrough performances in the role of Tosca at Opera Holland Park, Echalaz was invited to reprise the role for the Salzburg Landestheater, Berlin Staatsoper and l'Opéra national du Rhin. Sensationally, Echalaz triumphed at the Royal Opera House when she was invited to take over the role at short notice from Angela Gheorgiu. Based on the incredible reception Echalaz received for this performance, she was then immediately engaged to sing Tosca in Covent Garden's 2012/13 season.
Other career highlights include a critically acclaimed debut in the role of Salome at La Monnaie, Elisabetta Don Carlo at Berlin Staatsoper, Maddalena Andrea Chenier at the Bregenz Festival, Manon Lescaut at both Polish National Opera and La Monnaie, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin at Bologna and Tosca at the Sydney Opera House.
"Amanda Echalaz's Tosca was thrillingly sung. Echalaz is now set to be the leading Tosca of her generation. With unforced, candid tone, elegant movement and expressive face... every note and nuance is true."
Echalaz made her American debut as Tosca with The Santa Fe Opera in 2012 and debuted in the title role in Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2013. She reprised the role of Cio Cio San for her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2014.
Future engagements include Tosca at the Royal Opera House and Semperoper, Dresden and the world premiere of Thomas Ades's opera The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festspiele and the Metropolitan Opera, Chrysothemis in Elektra at São Paulo and Lohengrin at La Monnaie.
Amanda Echalaz is represented by Zemsky Green.