Amanda Silliker, the American dramatic mezzo-soprano, has been called a “brilliant and captivating” performer with “evocative power and subtlety” (Centre Daily Times, 10/26/14), offering “memorable…performances” with her “voluptuous voice” (Voices of Central Pennsylvania, 12/3/12).
Silliker, who studied vocal performance at Penn State University, is a multi-talented artist who performs a wide range of repertoire: from Wagner’s Liebestod, Verdi’s Requiem (both with the PSU Philharmonic), and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Nittany Valley Symphony) to Vivaldi’s Gloria (Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra) and Mozart’s Requiem (Johnstown Symphony Orchestra). Previously a full-bodied lyric soprano during college, Silliker’s performing experiences as The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Dido in Dido and Æneas have helped her transition into her true operatic repertoire - where Azucena (Il trovatore, Verdi) and Ortrud (Lohengrin, Wagner) are a perfect fit for her both in voice and personality.
Silliker is also a recitalist; carefully crafting and presenting programs that offer a diversity of repertoire. In addition, Silliker is an esteemed private music teacher in her hometown of Bellefonte, PA, (voice/piano/theory/sight-singing) where she specializes in preparing high school students for college auditions. She works regularly as a guest musician in local churches, intermittently serves as Music/Vocal Director for several musical theater companies, and directs “The Accidentals” - an open women’s choir focusing on experiential singing versus performing.
Notable recent performances include singing Granados art songs in a recital for the Goya “Los Caprichos” exhibition opening in the Palmer Museum of Art (February 2015), and DeFalla’s Three-Cornered Hat with the NVS (April 2015).