“A rarity in music” and “an extraordinary American alto on the rise.” NY Times
Since making her professional debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2016 as the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Avery Amereau has sung at numerous internationally acclaimed opera houses, including the Bayerische Staatsoper, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra de Lyon, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, English National Opera, along with the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals.
Recent operatic engagements have included her house and role debut as Dorabella Cosi fan tutte for the Bayerische Staatsoper cond. Vladimir Jurowski, Olga Eugene Onegin for Santa Fe Opera, Bradamante Alcina for Hannover Staatsoper, Eduige Rodelinda at Opera de Lille and Opera de Lyon, Serena Joy The Handmaid’s Tale for English National Opera, Dryad Ariadne for Glyndebourne, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ursula Beatrice et Benedict for Seattle Opera as well as Page Salome for the Salzburg Festival.
The 23/24 season sees Avery join the guest ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper, where her roles will include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte and a role debut as Amanda Le Grand Macabre conducted by Kent Nagano. Elsewhere, Avery makes a professional role debut as the title role in Carmen with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and returns to English National Opera to reprise the role of Serena Joy The Handmaid’s Tale. Further ahead, Avery makes house debuts with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Royal Danish Opera.
In high demand on the concert platform, the 22/23 season saw Avery give a number of professional orchestral debuts, including her role debut as Marguerite Damnation de Faust with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra cond. Federico Cortese, the Mozart Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra cond. Franz Welser-Möst and for Barcelona Symphony cond. Trevor Pinnock, Christmas Oratorio with Montréal Symphony Orchestra cond. Leonardo García Alarcón, Das Paradies und die Peri with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Daniel Harding and her Tanglewood Festival debut singing Berlioz Les Nuits D’été with the Boston Symphony Orchestra cond. Dmitri Slobodeniouk. In the seasons ahead Avery sings Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St Luke’s cond. Bernard Labadie at Carnegie Hall, joins Collegium 1704 for a European tour of Handel’s Messiah cond. Václav Luks, and makes her debut with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Daniel Harding.
Elsewhere Avery has sung Bradamante Alcina cond. Jonathan Cohen & Bach Cantatas cond. Bernard Labadie, both with with Les Violons du Roy, The Listeners by Caroline Shaw with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra cond. Richard Egarr, Les Nuits D’été and Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the American Classical Orchestra under Thomas Crawford and Dido and Aeneas with the Early Opera Company at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. A regular interpreter of the Messiah, recent performances have included the National Arts Centre Orchestra with Bernard Labadie, the Handel & Haydn Society cond. Václav Luks and for St Paul Chamber Orchestra cond. Paul McCreesh.
As a recording artist, Avery appears as the Sorceress Dido & Aeneas with La Nuova Musica for the Pentatone label and in Caroline Shaw’s The Listeners with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra on their own label. Avery’s first solo album of Handel arias with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine, was released in 2020 to huge critical acclaim.
Avery studied at Mannes College of Music and The Juilliard School where she was the recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and the Shoshana Foundation 2017 Richard F Gold Career Grant.