Soprano Amanda Forsythe
Debut Solo Album
“The Power of Love: Arias From Handel Operas”
With Apollo’s Fire
To Be Released On AVIE October 2, 2015
U.S. Tour With Apollo’s Fire
Featuring Repertoire From Album
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC,
Massachusetts, And New York Concerts
“She was simply born for this style of music,
and it’s easy to imagine that Handel would have loved her. “- Opera news
Recognized as one of today’s finest international lyric sopranos and a leading interpreter of baroque repertoire, soprano Amanda Forsythe is praised for her “Handel mastery” (The New York Times), and enjoys a growing career in opera, in concert and recital, and on recordings.
Having participated in many recordings for such labels as CPO, Erato, Philharmonia Baroque (PB’s own label), AVIE, ATMA and Linn, she now makes her debut solo album for AVIE Records with the acclaimed Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Apollo’s Fire, and Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord/director, with whom Ms. Forsythe enjoys a longstanding artistic relationship going back to 2006. Recorded in St. Paul’s Church on period instruments in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, in 2014, “The Power of Love” explores the passion of George Frideric Handel via select arias from nine operas: Orlando, Almira, Xerxes, Partenope, Giulo Cesare, Ariodante, Rinaldo, Alcina, and Teseo. The recording also includes the 1734 Terpsichore ballet suite, with movements interspersed between arias.
The Power of Love: Arias from Handel Operas
Amor e qual vento, from Orlando
Geloso tormento, from Almira
Un cenno leggiadretto, from Serse
Chaconne from Terpsichore (Il Pastor fido)
Qual farfalletta, from Partenope
Piangero, from Giulio Cesare
Entree (Jalousie) from Terpsichore
Il primo ardor, from Ariodante
Dunque I lacci/Ah, crudel!, from Rinaldo
Air from Terpsichore
Tornami a vagheggiar, from Alcina
Amarti si vorrei, from Teseo
Ballo from Terpsichore
Da Tempeste, from Giulio Cesare
Ms. Forsythe and Apollo’s Fire celebrate the CD release with a November tour, also titled “The Power of Love”, featuring selections from the CD, along with instrumental concertos by J.S. Bach and Vivaldi. Beginning in Ohio at Baldwin Wallace University, the tour then travels to Penn State University, The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Washington, DC’s Library of Congress concert series, First Church of Cambridge in Ms. Forsythe’s home state of Massachusetts, and concludes at Vassar College, in New York, of which Ms. Forsythe is an alumna.
“a world-class singer“ -American Record Guide
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
The Power of Love
US Tour – November 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 22, 2015
SUNDAY, November 15, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Baldwin Wallace University, OH
Tickets: Prem $68; Gold $62; Sec A $47/42; Sec B $34/$29*; Sec C $21; Student $10
*Senior 65 and up/Under 30
*Full-time Student with ID, Section B/C
Tickets: Adult: $44; University Park Student $19; 18 and Younger $34
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Alumni Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
121 Blake Road
Tickets: available soon
Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, Southeast
Tickets: Free but must reserve seats
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM
First Church in Cambridge*, MA
11 Garden Street
*Tickets for the Cambridge concert are now available through Apollo’s Fire at 1-800-314-2535 and online at the orchestra’s website beginning October 5.
Tickets: $22 – $70, with limited $12 student tickets available in the rear section.
CD Release Party! Join the artists for a festive celebration with wine and hors d’oeuvres following the concert. The artists will be on hand to sign autographs. The party is included with purchase of a ticket at the upper two pricing levels ($70 or $62), or can be added to other ticket purchases for an additional $15.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Skinner Hall Mary Ann Fox Martel Recital Hall
Tickets: $70; $62; $42; $32; $22
Currently singing Amour in Gluck’s Orphee et Eurydice at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Amanda Forsythe recently made her debut at Seattle Opera as Iris Semele (“vocal and visual perfection…” –Opera News) which resulted in an immediate invitation to return to sing Pamina in Die Zauberflote in 2017. In addition to Orphee at Covent Garden and engagements with Apollo’s Fire, this 2015-16 season Ms. Forsythe also appears with Boston Baroque, the Harvard Choir, Kansas City Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra (tour of Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in London, Tonhalle, Salzburg, Barcelona, and Paris), Pacific Musicworks, and makes her debut with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons conducting, in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the concert platform, Ms. Forsythe recently made her debut with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome in performances of Bach’s Magnificat under Sir Antonio Pappano.
Among the esteemed opera companies, orchestras and festivals with which Ms. Forsythe has performed are the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera, Opera d’Angers-Nantes, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the highly acclaimed baroque ensembles Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, Pacific Musicworks, Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Boston Early Music Festival, as well as Lincoln Center, Tanglewood Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Gran Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Brabants Philharmonic Orchestra in the Netherlands, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico.
Amanda Forsythe’s recordings include the 2015 Grammy-winning CD of Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphee aux enfers, as well as Venus, Venus and Adonis, Aglaure, Lully’s Psyche, and La Grande Pretresse in Lully’s Thesee with Boston Early Music Festival (all for CPO), Manto in Steffani’s Niobe with BEMF (Erato), the title role in Handel’s Teseo with Philharmonia Baroque (PBO’s own label) , Mozart’s Lucio Silla: In un istante Parto, m’affretto and Messiah with Apollo’s Fire (Avie), Minerve Dorinda, Handel’s Orlando with Early Music Vancouver (ATMA) and Haydn’s Creation with Boston Baroque (Linn). She also sings on the DVD recordings of the Pesaro productions of L’equivoco stravagante and Guillaume Tell as well as Manto in the Royal Opera production of Steffani’s Niobe (Opus Arte).
Born in New York City, Amanda Forsythe graduated from Vassar College with a degree in music and went on to graduate studies in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. Among her awards and honors are the George London Foundation Award, and prizes from the Liederkranz Foundation and Walter W. Naumburg Foundation.
Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, the award-winning harpsichordist and conductor, has won international attention as a leading creative voice among the new generation of early-music conductors. She has been credited by BBC Music Magazine for forging “a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music… a seductive vision of musical authenticity.”
Apollo’s Fire was founded in 1992 by Jeannette Sorrell.
Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.
Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (The Independent, London), Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with a BBC broadcast. Subsequent European tours took place in 2011, 2014, and 2015. European performances include sold-out concerts at the BBC Proms in London (with live broadcast across Europe), the Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Madrid’s Royal Theatre, Bordeaux’s Grand Theatre de l’Opera, and major venues in Lisbon, Metz (France), and Bregenz (Austria), as well as concerts on the Birmingham International Series (UK) and the Tuscan Landscapes Festival (Italy).
North American tour engagements include the Tanglewood Festival (sold-out debut in 2015), the Aspen Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival series, the Library of Congress, the Tropical Baroque Festival in Miami, the Ojai International Festival in California, and major venues in Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ensemble has performed two major U.S. tours of the Monteverdi Vespers (2010 and 2014) and a 9-concert tour of the Brandenburg Concertos in 2013. Apollo’s Fire is signed to Columbia Artists Management (CAMI) for exclusive representation in North and South America, and is managed in the U.K. by Intermusica (London).
At home in Cleveland, Apollo’s Fire enjoys sold-out performances at its subscription series, which has drawn national attention for creative programming. Apollo’s Fire has released 21 commercial CDs, and currently records for the British label AVIE. apollosfire.org
A leading independent classical recording company founded in 2002 by Simon Foster and Melanne Mueller, AVIE Records allows artists a creative freedom not found at any other label. Run by well-known and respected executives with offices in the UK and the US, Avie combines the flexibility of an independent with the prowess of a major. Among the numerous recording artists who record for AVIE are conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, conductor Semyon Bychkov, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, pianists Emanuel Ax and Inon Barnatan, violist Yuri Bashmet, Brasil Guitar Duo and the Choir of Queens College, Oxford, to name but a few. The Power of Love is Amanda Forsythe’s third recording for AVIE with Apollo’s Fire, and Apollo’s Fire eleventh. www.avie-records.com