Norah Amsellem has regularly performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Wiener Staatsoper; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Opéra National de Paris; San Francisco Opera; Bayerische Stastsoper; Berlin Staatsoper; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Teatro Real, Madrid; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; and Teatro alla Scala, Milano - collaborating with many of the world's leading conductors including James Levine, Riccardo Muti, Sir Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, James Conlon, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim.
In the future, Norah Amsellem's repertoire will include the title roles of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Suor Angelica, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Luisa Miller as well as Nedda Pagliacci, Amelia Grimaldi Simon Boccanegra and Amelia Un Ballo in Maschera.
Her recent appearances have included the title role of Massenet’s Manon for the Wiener Staatsoper with Jonas Kaufmann and Roberto Alagna; Mimi La bohème for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and Opera Philadelphia; Musetta La bohème for Seattle Opera and Teatro Regio, Torino; Marguerite Faust for Opera de Las Palmas; Liu Turandot for Cincinnati Opera; Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta/Stella Les Contes d'Hoffmann for Opéra Royal de Versailles and Seattle Opera and Desdemona Otello for Opera Philadelphia.
Norah Amsellem has particularly distinguished herself as Violetta in La Traviata, a role she has sung at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Wiener Staastoper; Bayerische Staatsoper; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Teatro Real, Madrid; Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville; Opera di Genova; Fondazione Petruzzelli, Bari and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. The production of La Traviata in Madrid was filmed for DVD by BBC Opus Arte, staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi, this DVD was awarded the prestigious Gramophone Award.
Norah Amsellem is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Programme and won several prestigious international vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the NATS competition, the Marian Anderson Competition, and the Veronica Dunne International Voice Competition.
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“Norah Amsellem, the new Violetta, is quite a find. The period suits her looks well and vocally she is very impressive: pin-point coloratura, lovely light runs and a rock solid pianissimo that she can float right to the back of the house -“dite alla giovine” was just one such example of heightened expression that held everyone spellbound.”
The Daily Telegraph
“Norah Amsellem has the more frail physique and a deeper understanding of the role-some heart stopping soft singing and the most upsetting death scene of any Violetta I have seen in this production.”
“The French soprano (Norah Amsellem) gives many faces to the title character. The calculating side - born out of inner emptiness - is moving to the core and causes sympathy for her reprehensible behaviour. The intimate moments were magic and sincere.”
Der Standard, Wien
“In her debut Sunday, Norah Amsellem delivered the most alluring Liu this house has probably heard in decades. A former Merola Program participant, the French born soprano is simply an exquisite artist, a sympathetic actor and a singer who believes in taking chances and emerging triumphant. Amsellem’s serenely spun high note, tapering into infinity, and the end of ‘Signore, ascolta” yielded a kind of golden age pleasure.”
San Francisco Examiner
“The real hit of this production is unquestionably Norah Amsellem’s arresting Gilda. She has a richly expressive midrange with real weight and body so important for the punch needed in the “Si, vendetta” and in much of the last act. You could hear a pin drop during her “Caro nome” aria.”