Lauded by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for her “beautiful high range,” American dramatic soprano Amber Smoke made her first foray into the Wagnerian repertoire in 2013, with her role debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Union Avenue Opera Theater. She added to her Wagnerian repertoire with the role of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser with Apotheosis Opera in 2016. Other soprano appearances include her role debuts as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito with the Occasional Opera Orchestra of New York and Lucy Brown in Threepenny Opera with Amarillo Opera.
Formerly a mezzo-soprano, Amber’s recent performances also include her European debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto with Opera Classica Europa, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with Manhattan Chamber Opera, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Modus Opera and Zweite Magd in Elektra with Liederkranz Opera Theatre.
Amber was a finalist in the 2011 Arkadi Foundation Vocal Competition and the 2010 Rochester Oratorio Society Competition, and a semi-finalist in the 2010 Peter Elvins Vocal Competition and the 2010 William C. Byrd Vocal Competition. She is also the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Southeast Regional Metropolitan Opera National Auditions.
In previous seasons, Amber was a member of the featured women’s ensemble in the premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Aindamar with Santa Fe Opera, directed by Peter Sellars. As a member of the Santa Fe Young Artist Program, she sang scenes from Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Eugene Onegin. Other young artist performances include Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel and Inez in Il Trovatore with Opera Carolina, scenes from Der Rosenkavalier and Little Women with Des Moines Metro Opera and the title role in scenes from Carmen and The Rape of Lucretia with Chautauqua Opera. In Brevard, NC, Amber sang the role of Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with the Janiec Opera and performed as the Alto Soloist in Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, accompanied by Martin Katz.
Equally at home in oratorio, Amber has appeared as the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Lake Charles Symphony and Chorus and in Bach’s Magnificat with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. She has also sung the role of Alto Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with the Roundhill Community Choir and Orchestra. At the Eastman School of Music, she was a frequent soloist with the Eastman Chorale, in works such as Britten’s Cantata Academica and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.
Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree (with highest honors), Master’s degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she performed the roles of Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Meg Page in Falstaff and Elmire in Tartuffe, among others. She is a native of Mt. Pleasant, MI and currently makes her home in New York City.