DMA Voice, Summer 2023
Born and raised in Southern California, April Amante is a versatile soprano with expertise and facility in repertoire spanning from early music to contemporary musical theater. Her strong musicianship draws her toward contemporary and modern music. Five-time Grammy award winner, John Corigliano (The Ghosts of Versailles, The Red Violin, Symphony No. 2) once described Amante’s singing as “beautiful [with …] a long line and a beautiful sound …”
April made her Los Angeles Opera debut as the Solo Soprano Voice and Chorus Soloist in the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin's "Eurydice". In addition to being on the roster of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, she was the Soprano Soloist for Handel's "Messiah" with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2019, and for the Los Angeles Master Chorale Messiah Sing Along the previous year, both performed in Walt Disney Concert Hall. April played the role of Mrs. Sinclair in the world premiere of Eric Whitacre's mini-opera "The Gift of the Magi" at Walt Disney Concert Hall at the 2019 Los Angeles Master Chorale's Festival of Carols concert. She has performed and covered mainstage roles with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, Pacific Opera Project, and the Los Angeles Opera Outreach Program. Favorite roles performed include Laurey (Oklahoma), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Frasquita (Carmen), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica). She has been a featured soloist with the Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra in concert at the Vina Robles Amphitheater and Opera San Luis Obispo’s Broadway by the Sea.
In addition to her performance credits, April was a semi-finalist in the Loren L. Zachary Opera Competition in 2019, as well as the Lyra New York Mozart Vocal Competition 2018 (Opera Category), the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition 2018, and in the 29th International Nuits Lyriques de Marmande Competition 2017 in Marmande, France. She was the winner of the 42nd Annual American Educators of Italian Origin United (AEIOU) Opera Competition in 2012, a finalist in the 36th Annual Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition, and a finalist in the NATS National Musical Theater Competition in 2014. April received a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) magna cum laude in Vocal Performance from California State University-Northridge and a Master of Music (MM) from the University of Arizona. She currently studies with Isabel Bayrakdarian.
Learn more about April Amante at aprilamante.com.