"Soprano Amanda Forsythe was dynamic and self-possessed in some of the showpiece arias heard on her new solo Handel album with the group. Her staccato notes were impeccably placed and in tune, and she added head-spinning embellishments on the repeats in “Tornami a vagheggiar” from “Alcina” and “Da tempeste il legno infranto” from “Giulio Cesare”." The Washington Post/ Charles T. Downey. Photo Credit Arielle Doneson
Photo Credit: Arielle Doneson
Grammy Winner for best Opera recording, 2015!
Agostino Steffani's "Niobe, Regina di Tebe" CD
Amour in Gluck's Orphée (with Juan Diego Florez) at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

"Forsythe’s voice is marvelous — clear, florid, and warm at the same time — but the context highlighted her fundamentally superb rhythm. In the faster of her six Handel arias, passagework darted with glinting precision, exhilaratingly even, with confidently audacious ornamentation. (Forsythe’s coloratura provocations in “Tornami a vagheggiar” dropped with timing so exquisite it verged on comic.) But even in slower numbers — “Geloso tormento” (with a plangent oboe obbligato by Debra Nagy), or the moody “Amarti si vorrei,” or especially “Piangerò,” Cleopatra in the depths of despair — Forsythe stretched time without sacrificing temporal structure, the sense of underlying implacability against which the music could expressively push. A two-part encore summed up the evening: Forsythe’s poignant but impeccably controlled rendition of Henry Purcell’s “If love’s a sweet passion” led directly into a thumping, bustling, rather insistent performance of an O’Carolan jig. It was competing forms of stardom: charismatic poise and assertive likability."

The Boston Globe/ Matthew Guerrieri

 

"Forsythe possesses a jaw-dropping facility with the burbling lines and clarion ranges so idiomatic to Baroque music, and she is beloved to local audiences, having performed as soloist with Boston Baroque and the Boston Early Music Festival on numerous occasions. She sang with a shimmering tone and a fine ear to the emotional content of the Handel arias that she presented, fully capturing the fleeting excitement of first love to jealousy and madness. In “Il primo ardor” from Ariodante, her voice took on a light quiver to give the music a feeling of intensity. She did the same with “Tornami a vagheggiar” from Alcina, her high notes plucked out with a flute-like tone. “Geloso tormento” from Almira was especially moving and aptly pained, with Forsythe singing her lines with dark tone and palpable weight. Oboist Debra Nagy added her own emotional touch by spinning sorrowful lines around the singer. Forsythe also found the aching beauty in the outer sections of “Piangerò” from Guilio Cesare, and she dug in for a fiery “Ma poi morta” to give the music a palpable anger. “Da Tempeste” from the same opera returned Forsythe to the dexterous vocal style that characterized her singing earlier in the evening, the singer tossing off the vocal flourishes and arpeggios with ease."

 Boston Classical Review/ Aaron Keebaugh

Read more: The Power of Love Tour, Critical Acclaim

Amanda kicks of her Power of Love Tour on November 15th.  Performances will be held in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Massachusetts, and New York.  For complete details check the Apollo's Fire Power of Love tour calendar.  ClassicsToday.com noted the CD recording of Power of Love as a "brilliant Handel recital by Amanda Forsythe".   To read the full review go to ClassicsToday.com.  CDs can be purchased online via Avie

 

Learn more about Amanda in a recent interview by ClevelandClassical  or listen to an interview with her on IdeaStream.

Listen to Amanda Forsythe sing the title role in highlights from Handel's Teseo accompanied by the Phiharmonia Baroque Orchestra.  CDs can be purchased through Amazon.