Avery Amereau has garnered much attention for the unique quality of her timbre and sensitivity to interpretation. Her voice was described as “a rich liquid mezzo-soprano that easily reached down into dark, velvety contralto territory’ ([Q]onStage). A singer and a natural actress, her onstage presence has earned critical acclaim: “Amereau’s innate delicacy of manner embodied Lucretia’s vaunted chastity” (Opera News); “sensual... Amereau is achingly perfect” (The New York Times). At 25, whist studying at The Juilliard School, The New York Times profiled her, dubbing her a “rarity in music”.
Avery made her professional debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2016 as the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The New York Times praised her performance as “captivating…. [Amereau] stood out for the unusually rich, saturated auburn timbre of her voice.”
She has since sung at the Glyndebourne Festival (Dryad/Ariadne), Seattle Opera (Ursula/Beatrice et Benedict), Opera Columbus (Carmen), Grand Théâtre de Genève (Cherubino/Nozze di Figaro), the Salzburg Festival (Page/Salome), Last season she made her house and role debut as Eduige/Rodelinda at both Opera de Lille and Opera de Lyon.
This season Avery will sing Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina at Glyndebourne, as well as in her house and role debut for the Hannover Staatsoper, and will appear as Irene in Vivaldi’s Bajazet for Portland Opera. On the concert platform, Avery performs Messiah with Bernard Labadie and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony at the Salisbury Cathedral, and premieres a new Caroline Shaw composition with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with whom she also records her debut solo album.
Exceptional in baroque repertoire, whilst at the Juilliard she performed with the school’s historical performance department under such conductors as William Christie and Maasaki Suzuki, and sang at the Bachfest Leipzig and the Boston Early Music Festival.
Recent concerts include her debut with the Early Opera Company in Dido and Aeneas at the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vivaldi arias with the Orchestra of St Luke’s in New York, Mozart’s Requiem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic under Bramwell Tovey, and Bach’s St John Passion and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Voices of Ascension, New York. Among her many Messiah performances are the Phoenix Symphony, Nashville Symphony, University Musical Society of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Saint Thomas Church Choir. She has sung Berlioz Les Nuits D’été and Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the American Classical Orchestra under Thomas Crawford, and concerts of Handel and Vivaldi with the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan.
Avery Amereau received her Bachelor of Music degree at Mannes College of Music, and went on to obtain a Masters of Music and Artist Dipoma at The Juilliard School, where she was the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and awarded the Shoshana Foundation 2017 Richard F Gold Career Grant.