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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Amanda Forbes joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 22nd November 2008 to perform Mozart's Mass in C Minor KV 427 and Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1739.

September 2008

Amanda Forbes       Soprano

Soprano Amanda Forbes a BMus with first class honours in performance from the University of Melbourne, Australia and was awarded a DipRAM after completing the Royal Academy Opera course in June 2006. She completed her studies at the National Opera Studio, and has worked in public master classes with Elly Ameling, Joyce DiDonato, Dame Anne Evans and Jonathan Summers, and attended the 2005 George Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy working with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Her major awards include winner of the 2003 Australian National Operatic Aria Competition, recipient of the 2003 Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Vocal Scholarship, and winner of the 2005 Richard Lewis/ Jean Shanks Award from the Royal Academy of Music. In 2006, she was a finalist and prize winner in the Royal Overseas League Arts Competition, and semi finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

At the RAM, her roles included Sandrina La finta giardiniera, La Fée Cendrillon, Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute and Soprano Actress A Night at the Chinese Opera. She was a member of the 2006 Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus, and her professional engagements have included Pamina The Magic Flute for Opera del Mar, as well as covering Casilda The Gondoliers and Marsinah Kismet for English National Opera, Adele Die Fledermaus for Scottish Opera Go Round and Zdenka Arabella for Garsington Opera.

Concert engagements have included Silete Venti and Exsultate Jubilate with the Amersham Festival Orchestra, the Nelson Mass with Portsmouth Choral Union, Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Ensemble, Mozart Mass in C Minor Mass in Bristol Cathedral and Vivaldi Gloria with the Cambridge Philharmonic Society. She has performed in recital at St James', Piccadilly, and the Princess Alexandra Hall in conjunction with the Royal Overseas League.

Recent engagements have included covering Frasquita Carmen, Drusilla The Coronation of Poppea and Sophie Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera, as well as singing Carmina Burana for the Festival Chorus and Essential Scottish Opera and Clorinda Cinderella for Scottish Opera On Tour. Engagements in 2008 / 2009 include Papagena The Magic Flute for English National Opera, Clorinda Cinderella for Scottish Opera at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Gilda Rigoletto for Clonter Opera.

"Amanda Forbes and Anna Grevelius were appealing lovers in 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi', Forbes accurate in Giulietta's coloratura..." National Opera Studio Showcase / Opera

"...Amanda Forbes' pure-voiced, fragile Giulietta." National Opera Studio Showcase / The Times

"Amanda Forbes's engaging voice and personality flitted effortlessly between Monteverdi and Donizetti, a magical aria from Ambroise Thomas's Mignon." Essential Scottish Opera / The Scotsman