Young American contralto Avery Amereau has stepped in to the role of Eduige in Rodelinda for Opéra de Lyon, giving eight performances between 15 December 2018 and 1 January 2019. Avery replaces an ill-disposed Sara Mingardo to make her debut with the company. The engagement comes straight off the back of her house and role debut with Opéra de Lille in the same role, for which she received rave reviews:
“The young contralto Avery Amereau was Eduige; Bellorini transformed her into a femme fatale, which she portrayed with ease and spontaneity. Her voice is unusual and remarkable, with a true contralto quality. She is at ease in the low register, with good projection, and she has good high notes and agile coloratura. It will be interesting to see how her voice develops in the future.”
Laura Servidei, Bachtrack, 6 October 2018
It is shaping up to be an extremely exciting season for Avery, who recently made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as the Page in Salome, and will make her debut with the Early Opera Company in a performance of Dido and Aeneas in Amsterdam alongside other AH artists Dame Sarah Connolly and Lucy Crowe next month. In the new year she will make a further debut with the BBC Philharmonic as Ursula in Béatrice et Bénédict alongside Toby Spence, and return to Glyndebourne as Goffredo in Rinaldo.
The 11 October performance in Lille was broadcast live on mezzo tv. You can next watch Avery in the Opéra de Lille production of Rodelinda on mezzo tv on 30 October 2018.
Find out more about Avery’s performances in Lyon here.