Amina Edris
Soprano

“Edris took top honours in the cast, boasting a lustrous, well-projected soprano that delivered Norina with clarity and considerable verve.” (Opera News, August 2016)

Contacts

Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Georgina Wheatley +44 (0)20 3725 9185

Biography

Praised for her “lustrous” tone (Opera News) and “beautifully polished” presentation (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Amina Edris is proving herself an exciting young talent. Born in Egypt, raised and trained in New Zealand, Amina participated in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program during which she made her well-received debut as Norina (Don Pasquale). Subsequently becoming an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, Edris has over the past two seasons debuted as Frasquita (Carmen), Contessa Ceprano (Rigoletto), Annina (La traviata) and in the world-premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, while building her wider repertoire to encompass Manon, Leïla (Les pecheurs de perles), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Musetta (La bohème), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). 

Praised for her “lustrous” tone (Opera News) and “beautifully polished” presentation (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Amina Edris is proving herself an exciting young talent. Born in Egypt, raised and trained in New Zealand, Amina participated in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program during which she made her well-received debut as Norina (Don Pasquale). Subsequently becoming an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, Edris has over the past two seasons debuted as Frasquita (Carmen), Contessa Ceprano (Rigoletto), Annina (La traviata) and in the world-premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, while building her wider repertoire to encompass Manon, Leïla (Les pecheurs de perles), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Musetta (La bohème), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). 

Elsewhere Amina has given her first performances as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Opera San José, Tina in Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Opera Parallèle, and Serpina in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona at Christchurch Arts Festival. In the current season, Amina sings her first Adina (L’elisir d’amore) for NZ Opera, with future plans including debuts at Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opéra Comique in Paris. 

Edris is a winner of the Deborah Riedel award in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Competition, as well as at the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria Competition, the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition 2016 and she was awarded a Western Regional Special Encouragement Award in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Amina Edris holds a Bachelor of Music from University of Canterbury, a post-graduate diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and she studied at Dennis O’Neill’s Wales International Academy of Voice.

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Contacts

Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Georgina Wheatley +44 (0)20 3725 9185

Reviews

“Edris proved most adept at shaping the size and impact of her voice to the circumstances. In particular, a set of four songs by Reynaldo Hahn just before intermission found her singing with a well-judged balance of intimacy and power, bringing a beautifully polished surface to “L’heure exquise” and stately glamour to the pseudo-Baroque phrases of “Á Chloris”. She brought even more liveliness and theatricality to music by Rossini in the second half, delivering the passagework of “The Shepherdess of the Alps” with keen precision” (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2017) 

“Edris dazzled with masterful legato in Isabelle’s aria from Giacomo Meyebeer’s Robert le diable, and an amazing staccato as Oscar in the program-closing excerpt from Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.” (San Francisco Classical Voice, December 2016)

“Edris in a gorgeously forthright and eloquently-paced aria from Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable.” (San Francisco Chronicle, December 2016) 

“Edris proved most adept at shaping the size and impact of her voice to the circumstances. In particular, a set of four songs by Reynaldo Hahn just before intermission found her singing with a well-judged balance of intimacy and power, bringing a beautifully polished surface to “L’heure exquise” and stately glamour to the pseudo-Baroque phrases of “Á Chloris”. She brought even more liveliness and theatricality to music by Rossini in the second half, delivering the passagework of “The Shepherdess of the Alps” with keen precision” (San Francisco Chronicle, May 2017) 

“Edris dazzled with masterful legato in Isabelle’s aria from Giacomo Meyebeer’s Robert le diable, and an amazing staccato as Oscar in the program-closing excerpt from Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.” (San Francisco Classical Voice, December 2016)

“Edris in a gorgeously forthright and eloquently-paced aria from Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable.” (San Francisco Chronicle, December 2016) 

“Annina, sympathetically sung here by soprano Amina Edris”(Berkeley Daily Planet, September 2017) 

“Amina Edris sounded excellent as Countess Ceprano” (San Francisco Classical Voice, June 2017) 

“Following this came a surprise highlight of the concert – the aria ‘Robert, toi que j’aime’ from Meyerbeer’s rarely heard Robert le diable, sung here with consummate vocalism by soprano Amina Edris. Egyptian-born Amina Edris, who excelled as Norina in a 2015 Merola production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, was absolutely stupendous in the role of Isabelle...Amina Edris navigated its difficult roulades with utterly amazing vocal agility. This was truly remarkable singing.” (Berkeley Daily Planet, December 2016) 

“A delightful comic turn by soprano Amina Edris and tenor Pene Pati, who sang “Quoi? Vous m’aimez?” from Donizetti’s La fille du regiment. If anyone ever doubted that Amina Edris is not only an exceptional singer but also an outstanding actress, her portrayal of Marie’s vacillating affections for Tonio in this flirtatious duet provided all the proof needed. Along with Pene Pati as Tonio, Amina Edris was totally in command of this scintillating duet.”(Berkeley Daily Planet, December 2016)

“Edris has an attractively focused tone, capably blending sophisticated sparkle with seductive darkness. She can flirt as a saucy seductress and show simple emotion in more serious numbers.” (Bay Area Reporter, October 2016) 

“Amina Edris proved an ideal vocal fit for Tina, producing a big sound with lots of ping and smooth phrasing. Her enraged coloratura in the opera’s second half was particularly funny and technically impressive.” (San Francisco Classical Voice, February 2017) 

“Soprano Amina Edris in her SFO debut [was] appealing and entertaining as Carmen’s friend Frasquita” (San Francisco Examiner, May 2016) 

“Amina Edris as Susanna sang so vivaciously that she received the loudest ovations of the evening. Her chemistry with Figaro was heartfelt, and the soprano’s uncommon performance of “Deh vieni, non tardar” was laced with well-paced expressivity and colours.”(Mercury News, November 2015) 

“Among the singers who managed to shine was soprano Amina Edris…a tonally lustrous and expressively captivating account of the love duet from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.” (San Francisco Chronicle, August 2015) 

“One especially impressive episode came in the second half’s performance of the Act IV duet from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. With soprano Amina – who was an outstanding Norina in Don Pasquale…the scene yielded an electrifying mix of vibrant tone, articulate phrasing and dramatic fervor.” (Mercury News, August 2015) 

“Edris took top honours in the cast, boasting a lustrous, well-projected soprano that delivered the role with clarity and considerable verve. The New Zealand native is a fine singing actress – bright, vivacious, and specific in movement and gesture – and her Norina was both smart and irresistibly funny.” (Opera News, August 2015) 

“Edris boasts plenty of vocal power and presence, as well as a wealth of vocal coloration, and at first it seemed as though she might overwhelm the more delicate aspects of the score. But she quickly proved able to modulate that power in the service of ingratiating lyricism, while still mustering enough force and precision to dispatch the role’s more demanding coloratura. As an actress, she endowed Norina with both charm and determination.”(San Francisco Chronicle, August 2015) 

“Amina Edris’ star performance as Norina, the object of everyone’s attention. The soprano from Christchurch built the vocal performance throughout the opera, gaining focus and strength to a brilliant finish.” (San Francisco Classical Voice, August 2015)