Amanda-Joyce Abbott

Amanda-Joyce Abbott, soprano, has performed as soloist with orchestras, festivals, opera companies, and choral organizations throughout the Midwest. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, and has toured in Florence and Bologna, Italy, Southern Germany, and the Midwest and Southwestern United States as a member of the Kent Camerata.  She is well known to Great Lakes audiences for her performances with the Akron and Canton Symphonies, The Cleveland Suburban Symphony, Dorian Chamber Orchestra, The Western Reserve Chorale, Lima Symphony, and the Toledo Choral Society.  She has been engaged by Opera/Omaha (Clorinda in La Cenerentola) and has sung both Susanna (Bay View Music Festival) and the Countess (Kent Opera Theatre) in Le Nozze di Figaro.  Other operatic roles include Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, both Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.  She is recorded on compact disc in performances with the Kent Camerata (Kent Camerata Favorites) and in Randall Thompson’s The Nativity According to St. Luke (Koch CD3-7210-2).  She was featured in a broadcast of music by 20th century women composers on public radio WKSU 89.7 FM, and her performance at the Spoleto USA Festival as Mary Magdalene in the medieval Passion play, The Play of the Three Marys, was telecast nationally.  Ms. Abbott received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Kent State University with additional training at the Blossom Festival School, Bay View Music Festival, and Chautauqua Institute.  She has studied voice with Boyd Mackus, Mary Sue Hyatt, James Stuart, James Mismas, and Marlena Kleinman Malas, and has coached with Stephen Lord, Martin Katz, Kelly Hale, and Vance George.  In addition to performing, Ms. Abbott has taught applied voice and lectured at Kent State University, served as Director of the Kent State Community Music Program, and been Artistic Director of the Olde English Yuletide Feaste at historic Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, Ohio.  Currently, she is a professor of voice, lecturer, and Director of the Music Theatre Workshop at Mount Union College.

“The sparkling and refined soprano of Amanda-Joyce Abbott was particularly to be heard in her solo pieces, Spring (Domenik Argento), Reward (John Jacob Niles and Love Went A-Riding (Frank Bridge)….In the duets one could hear how well the voices of the two singers harmonized in a perfect homogeneity.”  (Margit Classen, Gelchsheim Blatt)

“Amanda-Joyce Abbott…immediately captured the audience….Lo! Here the Gentle Lark, was a pleasure to hear….Abbott’s ability to sing arpeggios and trills with ease was outstanding….The highlight of the evening for me was Abbott’s performance of Bachianas Brasilieras, No. 5 accompanied by cello chorus…Abbott’s clear, soaring high tones floated over this seemingly ethereal background." (Earl W. Lehman, The Lima News)

“Amanda-Joyce Abbott, as Maurrant’s unhappy wife Anna, created a touching figure, and her soprano sounded lustrous.” (Donald Rosenberg, Akron Beacon Journal)

“The selection by Handel…was the musical highpoint of the afternoon….[It] was sung…with right-on intonation and ringing clarity.” (Jan Snow, Akron Beacon Journal)

“Soprano Amanda-Joyce Abbott’s voice soared sweetly over the chorus to the words of Klopstock’s “Resurrection” ode and in the duet some passages later with Karen Brunssen, the two voices were perfectly paired.” (M. C. Albacete, The Repository)

“Amanda-Joyce Abbott has some magnificent moments as the Countess.  The possessor of a potentially important soprano, Miss Abbott knows how to connect tones into meaningful phrases.” (Donald Rosenberg, Akron Beacon Journal)