Amanda Simms, soprano, is considered as “an extraordinary performer with much promise.” She currently attending Peabody Institute for her Graduate Performance Diploma where she was awarded the Artistic Excellence Scholarship. Amanda boasts a wide repertoire from baroque to the 21st century.
Amanda will perform Cendrillon (Cendrillon) in November 2022. She will also debut with Bach in Baltimore as an Emerging Artist in November. In October, Amanda will return to Montclair State University as a featured soloist for the Fall 2022 Concert.
Most recently, Amanda was awarded the Spirit of Camille Award at the Camille Coloratura Competition. Amanda was a finalist in the 2022 Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition and the 2022 Sylvia Green Vocal Competition. She has performed Rhoda (Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt) under direction of librettist Eric Einhorn with the Peabody Institute in collaboration with the Maryland Science Center.
She joined Opera North in 2021 as a resident artist for the roles of Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), and Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice). She has performed the role of Lucia (Rape of Lucretia) and Asteria (Tamerlano), with Montclair State University. Amanda placed 2nd in the 2021 Charleston International Music Competition and the NATS Eastern Region competition.
In 2020 Amanda planned to debut Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) at the Trentino Music Festival (covid-19). Also in 2020, Amanda was a finalist in the Vienna Summer Music Festival Competition, semi-finalist in the Orpheus Competition, and won 2nd place in the Advanced College Division of the National Association for Teachers of Singing New York City Chapter.
Amanda graduated from Montclair State University in 2019 with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, where she served as graduate assistant for the choral department, and teaching assistant for the music history department with full scholarship.
She has performed as soprano soloist in numerous oratorio works including Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Kean Conservatory and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with Montclair State.