Mexican-American soprano, Amanda Olea, was featured this summer as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Manhattan Opera Studio, where she also made her Carnegie Hall debut. Other notable roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Utah Lyric Opera, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Daughter in Torke’s Strawberry Fields at San Diego State University. This spring, Ms. Olea will make her CCM opera debut as the Novizia in Suor Angelica.
On the concert stage, Ms. Olea has performed Handel's Messiah with the La Jolla Symphony, Mozart Requiem soprano soloist, Faure’s Requiem soprano soloist, Pauls' Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn soloist, and the cover soloist for the Poulenc Gloria at San Diego State University. She is passionate about community outreach, and was a member of San Diego Opera’s outreach program Opera Exposed, where she appeared as Thisbe in the abridged version of La Cenerentola. In 2014, she was participated in “Si parla, si canta”, a world-renowned opera and language training program in Urbania, Italy.
Ms. Olea has been an award winner in several vocal competitions including first place in the 2016 National Teachers of Singing (NATS) Regional Competition, the La Jolla Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Virginia Hawk Competition, and the Musical Merit Competition. Ms. Olea is currently pursuing a master's degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Dr. Gwendolyn Detwiler. She received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University.