Amanda Hall, a soprano and oboist, is enjoying a remarkable career as a singer in opera and on the concert stage. Although she has been fully active for only two years, she has received highest praise for her artistry both on the concert stage and in demanding roles in opera.
In her first season, following graduation from the Yale University opera program in 2010, Amanda sang Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata with the Western Plains Opera Company in Minot, North Dakota; participated in New York City Opera's production of Bernstein's A Quiet Place; and was a guest artist with Yale Opera, as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She was also a soloist in Verdi's Requiem at Lynn University and in Haydn's The Creation with the Idaho State Civic Symphony.
This present season (2011-2012) includes a number of debuts with opera companies and performances with orchestras in opera-related concerts, as well as singing roles in Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and other major concert works. Some of the highlights of the season include a first performance as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with the Lyric Opera in Kansas City, a debut with Opera Naples as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and performing as a soloist in a Puccini concert at the Sanibel Music Festival in Florida.
Amanda was born in Michigan, the younger of two daughters of Stephen John and Gail Ann Warman Hall. Both parents are music teachers, singers, and frequent performers who encouraged both daughters to pursue their musical interests. Although Amanda had an aptitude for the oboe and became an accomplished performer, singing became her primary interest as her voice matured.
After graduating from College View Academy in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1998, Amanda enrolled at Union College, where both of her parents were working. When her parents relocated to Ohio in 2000, she transferred to La Sierra University in California, where her sister Jennifer held a position .
She completed a voice major at LSU in 2006, where she was an honors student, received scholarships, and was a winner in the La Sierra Sinfonia Competition. She performed several solos with the LSU Opera Theater, including singing the title roles in five of its productions.
While at LSU, Amanda met her future husband, Nathan Hatley, a bassoonist who played in the New England Youth Ensemble as well as a tenor who performed opposite Amanda in several LSU Opera Theater productions. Hatley, the son of Paulette and Lyle Hatley of Walla Walla, Washington, and the nephew of Max Mace, founder of the Heritage Singers, often performs with that internationally-known singing group. Nathan and Amanda were married in 2007 and currently reside in New Haven, Connecticut.
Hall enrolled for graduate study in voice at the University of Southern California, where she completed an M.Mus. in 2008. While living in Southern California and attending LSU and USC, she was a soloist in performances of Handel's Messiah by the Crystal Cathedral Chorus and Orchestra, the Mozart Requiem and Rutter Requiem with the Loma Linda Chorus and Orchestra, Faure's Requiem with the Tustin Presbyterian Church, and Carmina Burana with Opera de Tijuana. She was a finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition and also a regional finalist in two Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.
During the summer of 2008, a representative from the Yale School of Music heard her sing in a performance of the opera Susannah at the Central City Opera in Colorado, and, impressed by her talent, offered her a full scholarship to study in its opera program. She completed a master's degree in opera performance at Yale in 2010. During her time there, she sang the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor in an opera scenes presentation, sang as a soloist in a Yale Symphony Orchestra presentation of Verdi's Requiem, and was a soloist in other regional presentations.
Reviewers of Hall's singing have noted the fine quality, extended range, and power of her voice as well as her finesse and subtlety in singing and her accuracy, placement, and control of higher notes. She has also been praised for her stage presence and ability to project the essence of the characters she portrays.
Sources: Barrett Vantage Artists website biography; Information provided by Stephen and Gail Hall; South Florida Classical Review; Personal Knowledge.