Amanda Batista is a Cuban American and Puerto Rican soprano from New Jersey in her second year in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. This season, she sings the First Lady in the Met's holiday presentation of The Magic Flute and Bianca in La Rondine. She made her Met debut last season as the Priestess in Aida and covered the role of Clotilde in Norma. Recent engagements include Elettra in Idomeneo at Aspen Opera Theater, the title role of Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas with the Merola Opera Program, Salud in de Falla's La Vida Breve in the Schwabacher Summer Concert Series, Frau Fluth in Nicolai's Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor at Juilliard Opera, and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Chautauqua Institution. Previously a mezzo-soprano, she performed several roles with Opera Theater Rutgers, including Nicklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Florence Pike in Britten's Albert Herring, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro. In addition to her extensive stage experience, she has received high marks at many prestigious vocal competitions, including first place in the Opera at Florham International Vocal Competition, fifth prize in the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, first place in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Vocal Competition, and second place in Houston Grand Opera's Eleanor McCollum Competition. In 2023, she was named a semifinalist in the Paris Opera Competition. She is an alumna of the Chautauqua Institution, the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, and the Académie du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. She holds degrees in voice from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and the Juilliard School, where she was a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.
Amanda Batista’s participation in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program is sponsored by The Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation.