A native of Youngstown, Ohio joining Washington National Opera's Cafritz Young Artists for the 2021-2022 season, Amber R. Monroe is recognized as a “crystalline lyric soprano and a superb singing actress” (Seen and Heard-International). In the 2020-2021 season, she made her Opera Columbus debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Other recent highlights include Nedda (Pagliacci) with El Paso Opera and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) with Kentucky Opera.
While an artist at the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco, CA, she performed as Magda (La rondine) in the Schwabacher Summer Concert, as well as Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites) in the Merola Grand Finale. With The Glimmerglass Festival, she was seen as the Rooster/Jay (The Cunning Little Vixen), and covered the role of Anna Søreson (Kevin Puts’ Silent Night).
Ms. Monroe has performed and studied in various summer programs both in the United States and Italy including the Italian Opera Study Abroad program in Pisa; the Chicago Summer Opera, covering the role of Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College; and two summers at the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Italy—first as an Emerging Artist and the second performing the title role in Suor Angelica.
MONROE'S "VOICE IS ICILY INCISIVE WITHOUT A HINT OF UGLINESS AND WARM RESONANCES THROUGHOUT HER RANGE."
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Ms. Monroe completed her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma in Opera at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. With CCM Opera, she has sung the Governess (Turn of the Screw), and was scheduled to sing Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) until it's cancellation due to COVID-19. She has workshopped several profound contemporary operas with Opera Fusion: New Works, a joint collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera, including roles such as Lavia in Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian and Patience in Gregory Spears' Castor and Patience, and Kitty/Vanessa in Kevin Put's The Hours commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, she also made her hometown debut as Clara (Porgy and Bess) with Opera Western Reserve.
She earned her Bachelor of Music in voice from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her work in Oberlin Opera Theater productions have ranged from the main stage to contemporary operas in non-traditional venues. She has performed the roles of Lady Billows (Albert Herring), the Old Lady (Michael Torke’s Strawberry Fields), and Luigia (Viva la Mamma). In a touring co-production with Cleveland Opera Theater's New Opera Initiative, she sang the title role in the Midwest premiere of Nkeiru Okoye’s Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed the Line to Freedom.
On the concert stage and in oratorio, she has been a featured soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 with the Oberlin Orchestra, Ricky Ian Gordon’s and flowers pick themselves with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, as well as in a Lincoln Center performance of Roland Carter’s Hold Fast to Dreams with the Tuskegee University Golden Voice Concert Choir.
" A NAME TO REMEMBER" POSSESSING " A MAGNIFICENT INSTRUMENT WITH POWERFUL RICHNESS IN HER LOWER REGISTER & A BELL-CLEAR TOP. "