Amanda Powell, soprano, has been praised as “the star of the evening with a performance so tender it could make a stone cry” (SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL 2017). Also noted for her “abundant vocal technique” (CLEVELANDCLASSICAL.COM), she enjoys a diverse performing career including classical, folk, jazz and global music. As a baroque soprano, she is a frequent guest artist with the renowned period orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, with whom she has appeared in Cleveland and on tour in programs including Monterverdi’s L’Orfeo, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Handel’s Messiah. She has a special affinity for bringing early music artistry to traditional folk repertoire and has appeared as lead female vocalist in Apollo’s Fire’s crossover programs “Come to the River” and “Sugarloaf Mountain,” (heading to Ireland and the UK in 2018). She was guest co-director/creator for Apollo’s Fire’s “Mediterranean Roots” cross-over program (2017), which will be reprised in a new version in June 2018.
Amanda has been featured on numerous recordings including Sugarloaf Mountain and Sephardic Journey, both of which are top ten BILLBOARD bestselling CDs. In 2015 she released her solo debut album, “Beyond Boundaries.”
Amanda holds a degree in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and a certificate in jazz improvisation from the Jazz in July Institute (University of Massachusetts). On the jazz stage, she has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Billy Taylor, and Sheila Jordan.
A nationally recognized leader in the field of sacred world music, she has sung concerts around the world, including at concert halls in Italy, Spain, France, Mongolia and China. She serves on the voice faculty at Cleveland State University where she also teaches classes in improvisation. Amanda was a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow of Cleveland’s Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC).