MONROE'S "VOICE IS ICILY INCISIVE WITHOUT A HINT OF UGLINESS AND WARM RESONANCES THROUGHOUT HER RANGE."
The Opera Tattler
Amber R. Monroe is recognized as a “crystalline lyric soprano and a superb singing actress” (Seen and Heard-International). Spring 2021, she will be making her company and role debut as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) Opera Columbus. Other professional credits include Nedda (I Pagliacci) with El Paso Opera, Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) with Kentucky Opera, and Clara (Porgy and Bess) with Opera Western Reserve.
Ms. Monroe participated in the Merola Opera Program where she performed as Magda (La rondine) in the Schwabacher Summer Concert, as well as Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites) in the Merola Grand Finale. She was also featured in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s new opera (If I Were You) as one of the sassy bar ladies. As a young artist of The Glimmerglass Festival, Monroe was seen as the Rooster/Jay (The Cunning Little Vixen), and covered the role of Anna Søreson (Kevin Puts’ Silent Night).
In previous years, Ms. Monroe has performed and studied in various summer programs both in the United States and Italy including the Italian Opera Study Abroad program in Pisa; the Chicago Summer Opera, covering the role of Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster Choir College; and two summers at the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Italy—first as an Emerging Artist and the second performing the title role in Suor Angelica.
" A NAME TO REMEMBER" POSSESSING " A MAGNIFICENT INSTRUMENT WITH POWERFUL RICHNESS IN HER LOWER REGISTER & A BELL-CLEAR TOP. "
Ms. Monroe is currently in the Artist Diploma program for opera performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she also completed her Masters of Music. With CCM Opera, Monroe has sung the Governess (Turn of the Screw), and was scheduled to sing the First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) until it's cancellation due to COVID-19. As an advocate for new opera projects, Monroe has worked alongside Opera Fusion: New Works, a joint collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera, workshopping roles such as Lavia in Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian and Patience in Gregory Spears' Castor and Patience.
Monroe earned her B.M. in voice from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her work in Oberlin Opera Theater productions have ranged from the main stage at Hall Auditorium to contemporary operas in non-traditional venues. She has performed the roles of Lady Billows (Albert Herring), the Old Lady (Michael Torke’s Strawberry Fields), and Luigia (Viva la Mamma). In a touring co-production with Cleveland Opera Theater's New Opera Initiative, Ms. Monroe sang the title role in the Midwest premiere of Nkeiru Okoye’s Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed the Line to Freedom.
On the concert stage and in oratorio, Ms. Monroe has been a featured soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as in a Lincoln Center performance of Roland Carter’s Hold Fast to Dreams with the Tuskegee University Golden Voice Concert Choir. Other performances include the soprano soloist in Stephen Hartke’s Symphony No. 4 with the Oberlin Orchestra and in Ricky Ian Gordon’s and flowers pick themselves with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra.
MONROE "FILLED THE ENORMOUS HALL WITH [HER] POWERFUL, EXPERTLY PROJECTED VOICE, BUT THE PERFORMANCE WENT BEYOND THAT ALREADY IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT... [MONROE] ENGAGED HEARTS AND MINDS IN THE UNIQUELY AFFECTING WAY MUSIC MUST PROVIDE TO REALIZE THE ART'S POTENTIAL."
The San Francisco Classical Voice