(Christchurch, New Zealand)
2019–20 Season: Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
Soprano Amina Edris made her San Francisco Opera debut, during her time as a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, as Frasquita in Carmen in 2016. She made appearances in the Company’s world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber, as well as Rigoletto, Elektra, and La Traviata.
Born in Egypt, raised and trained in New Zealand, Edris participated in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program during which she made her well-received debut as Norina in Don Pasquale.
In the 2018–19 Season, Edris debuts with Washington Concert Opera as Glycère in Gounod’s Sapho, with Antony Walker conducting, and in the title role of Manon with the Opéra National de Bordeaux. Future projects include leading role debuts with the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Elsewhere she has given her first performances as Susanna in 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. Last season, Edris sang her first Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore for New Zealand Opera.
Edris is a winner of the Deborah Riedel Award in the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Awards; the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria competition; the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition; and a Western Regional Special Encouragement Award from Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
She 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.