"... 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 - Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera House - New York 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, Covent Garden 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, Cape Town Opera, Berlin Staatsoper and l'Opera national du Rhin. Sensationally, Echalaz triumphed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 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 for Covent Garden's 2012/13 season production.
Other career highlights include a critically acclaimed debut in the role of Salome at La Monnaie, Elisabetta (Don Carlo) Berlin Staatsoper, Maddalena (Andrea Chenier) Bregenz Festival, Manon Lescaut at both Polish National Opera and at 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 Santa Fe Opera in 2012 and debuted in the title role of Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2013. She reprised the role of Cio Cio San for her MET debut in 2014.
Amanda Echalaz will debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in January 2014 as Cio Cio San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Future engagements include Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Semperoper, Dresden, Manon Lescaut at Teatr Wielki, Warsaw and the world premiere of Thomas Ades's opera The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festspiele and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Amanda Echalaz is represented by Zemsky Green.