ABOUT AMANDA


Amanda Russo Stante is an experienced and versatile mezzo-soprano, known for her ability to master both feminine and pants roles on the operatic stage. From Octavian to Cendrillon, Amanda has been recognized for her “highly theatrical, vocally persuasive” performances, which are “nothing short of stunning” (Peter Jacobi, Herald Times).

Dr. Stante has held five title roles on the Indiana University Opera theater stage: Handel’s Serse, Massenet’s Cendrillon, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri. Her recent solo concert engagements include Britten’s Canticle II, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Ravel’s Sheherazade, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah.

Her experience has taken her to The Glimmerglass Festival, Indiana University Opera Theater, Central City Opera, and concert stages across the United States and Europe. Dr. Stante has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Concert Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh, The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Stante holds a Doctor of Music degree in voice performance and literature from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she also received her Master of Music degree. She began her studies in higher education in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in German.

In addition to performing, Dr. Stante maintains a private voice studio in Bloomington, Indiana and teaches classes at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the Music in General Studies Department. She is on the voice faculty at Indiana State University, and will be joining the voice faculty of DePauw University in August, 2019 as Part-time Assistant Professor of Music. Teaching allows Amanda to share her love and passion for music and performance with all backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

PERFORMED REPERTOIRE


CONCERT/ORATORIO

Eleanor Roosevelt | Larsen

Neruda Songs | Lieberson

Requiem | Mozart

Op. 96 | Mendelssohn

Little Match Girl Passion | Lang

Messiah | Handel

Canticle II | Britten

Requiem | Duruflé

Pie Jesu | Boulanger

Fern Hill | Corigliano

Shéhérazade | Ravel

Mass in C | Beethoven

Banalités | Poulenc

Mass in C | Haydn

The Creation | Haydn

OPERA/STAGE

The Mother | Amahl and the Night Visitors | Menotti

Hansel | Hansel and Gretel | Humperdinck

Serse | Serse | Handel

Octavian | Der Rosenkavalier | Strauss

Isabella | L’Italiana in Algeri | Rossini

Cendrillon | Cendrillon | Massenet

Marcellina | Le Nozze di Figaro | Mozart

Ruggiero | Alcina | Handel

Nancy | Albert Herring | Britten

Nimue/Lady Anne | Camelot | Loewe

PARTIAL ROLES

Bianca | The Rape of Lucretia | Britten

Arsace | Semiramide | Rossini

Dorabella | Così fan tutte | Mozart

Suzuki | Madame Butterfly | Puccini

Mignon | Mignon | Massenet