Ms. Boyd “…was filled with an unstoppable electric energy that was riveting!” -Maestro William Langley, Memphis Repertory Orchestra
Amanda Woodward Boyd has been hailed as “absolutely luminous” and “dazzling” for her acclaimed “velvety plush” tone and commitment to the character. She is praised for bringing her unique excitement and energy to the stage.
In late April, Ms. Boyd made her role debut as “Donna Elvira” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Amanda was hailed as, “the quintessential Donna Elvira. Knocking the blockbuster arias of her role out of the park.” In July, Ms. Boyd will close the season with her international, professional debut at the Il Virtuosi music festival in Recife, Brazil. There, she will perform in recital with Dr. Victor Asuncion, piano and various arias with orchestra. Ms. Boyd opened the 2012-13 season as a guest soprano with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra. She performed selections from Massenet’s Manon and Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. Ms. Boyd also performed in concert with Opera Memphis in “Death by Aria” singing selections from Moore’s Ballad of Baby Doe and Verdi’s Rigoletto. She was also a guest soprano in Opera Memphis’ recent music festival, singing Bernstein’s La Bonne Cuisine.
As part of the 2011-12 season, Ms. Boyd performed with the Manhattan School of Music in their summer opera scenes program. She prepared selections of Delibe’s Lakmè, Sondheim’s Cinderella and Mozart’s First Lady. Ms. Boyd was then invited to Opera Siena’s summer music festival in Siena, Italy. There, she performed the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and sang on several music theater concerts. Early in the 2011-12 season, Ms. Boyd was cast as the leading heroine Christine in the University of Memphis’ production of Phantom of the Opera. Ms. Boyd’s performance was reviewed as “dazzling.” That same season, Ms. Boyd performed Rachmaninoff in recital, as a guest soprano. Additionally, Ms. Boyd sang on master classes with renowned Met singers, Mignon Dunn and Louis Otey. Finally, Ms. Boyd was awarded the coveted Elizabeth and Harold Robinson Scholars and Fellows Fund, first prize in the Memphis Beethoven Club Vocal Competition and the prestigious Charles Riecker Memorial Scholarship.
In the 2010-11 season, Ms. Boyd prepared selections of the roles Baby Doe and Little Mary Sunshine for the American Music Song Festival. During the 2011 Memphis chapter NATS competition, Ms. Boyd placed first in the area of advanced women. Ms. Boyd was also an invited guest at the NATS/National Opera Association convention held in Memphis. There, she sang on a master class with renowned mezzo Karen Brunssen and modern song composer Ricky Ian Gordon.
In spring of the 2009-10 season, Ms. Boyd was praised by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette as “absolutely luminous” for her “Laudate Dominum” in the Arkansas Choral Society’s production of Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. During that season, Ms. Boyd also performed in France with the Franco American Vocal Academy, where she sang the role of “Loena” from Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène and sang on master classes for Teresa Zylis-Gara, Carlos Montane, and Isabelle Aboulker.
Ms. Boyd has performed multiple roles including, Susanna from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Christine from Phantom of the Opera, Baby Doe from Moore’s Ballad of Baby Doe, Loena from Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène, Lucy from Menotti’s Telephone, Adele from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Pinocchio from the children’s opera Pinocchio, and selections of: Lakmè, Mozart’s First Lady from Die Zauberflöte and Cinderella from Sondheim’s Into the Woods.