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  • 07Apr'19

    Candide – Bangor Symphony April 7, 2019 at 3pm Collins Center for the Arts Lucas Richman, conductor Amy Maples, soloist Christopher Sanders, soloist University of Maine Singers Oratorio Society Based on the political satire by Voltaire, Bernstein transforms the work into a moving, open-hearted masterpiece that resonates with audiences to this day.

    venue Collins Center for the Arts, Bangor, Maine


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Amy is a Tennessee native who currently resides in Denver, CO, with her husband, baby boy, and furry child. Quickly gaining a reputation for her crystalline coloratura, relentless high notes, and witty theatrics, Amy compels audiences with her fearless artistry and attention to detail. Performing with such orchestras as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Kentucky, among others, Amy is making her mark as a respected concert soloist as much as an operatic performer. As a guest artist with such Colorado companies as Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Opera Colorado, Loveland Opera Theatre, Boulder Opera, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, The Larimer Chorale, The Denver Art Song Project, and Parish House Baroque, Amy is quickly becoming a go-to soprano on the high desert circuit.


Possessing a special talent for all things florid, roles include Cunegonde in Candide, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Gilda in Rigoletto, Linda in Linda di Chamounix, Lakmé in Lakmé , Thérèse in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Dorinda in Orlando, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Tuptim in The King and ICosette in Les Miserables, and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. 


Of Amy’s 2015 performance as Gilda in Piedmont Opera’s Rigoletto, Joseph Newsome of Voix des Arts described her as a singer “who met every technical challenge unflinchingly…and commanded the audience’s sympathy with gestures and actions of emotional meaning.” He said she showed “starlit articulation” and created “an atmosphere of concentrated emotion as she unfurled a velvety ribbon of tone.” The critic went on to say that Amy was “heartbreakingly tender” in scenes with her stage father and in her performance of Gilda’s famed aria “Caro nome,” delivered “an intimate reverie that was distinguished with sparkling trills and crystalline” high notes. He noted that “Maples was inspired to vocalism of impeccable poise and time-stopping expressivity” and “the pathos of her phrasing in the final act was gripping.”


In the summer of 2011, Amy performed the duel leadings roles of Irma and Musette in a revival of Victor Herbert’s The Fortune Teller with The Ohio Light Opera and has since become the first soprano to both perform and record the work in its entirety.  Regarding her recorded performance, Opera News said: “A star vehicle needs a star, and Ohio Light Opera has one in Amy Maples. Maples’ soprano is supple and rich, her pitch true, her dictation and comic timing spot-on. She manages to assay her three characters, Irma, Fedor and Musette, with such vividness that the listener never has a doubt as to which character she is portraying at a given time.” Likewise, in 2012, Amy became the first soprano to both perform and record the leading role of Mitzi in Sigmund Romberg’s Blossom Time. Her recording of Blossom Time with The Ohio Light Opera was released in early 2013.


An extremely versatile performer, Amy was named a semifinalist in the 2012 American Traditions Competition after dazzling audiences and judges with selections from the jazz, gospel, pop, opera, musical theater, and art song repertory. Other recent honors include 2nd place at the 2017 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Young Artist Competition, performing as a Regional Finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as a finalist in both the 2010 and 2011 Orpheus Vocal Competition, and as a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Traditions Competition at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival. Amy was the 2014 recipient of the Pike’s Peak Opera League Career Grant Award.


Amy received her MM in Voice Performance from Florida State University where she studied with tenor Stanford Olsen, after receiving her BM in Voice Performance at Lee University in her home state of Tennessee.


  • Role Show Company Year
    Cunegonde Candide Bangor Symphony 2019*
    Stephanie To Hell and Back Opera Steamboat 2018
    Yum-Yum Mikado Opera Theatre of the Rockies 2017
    Linda Linda di Chamounix (scenes) Vocal Arts Festival, OTR 2016
    Gilda Rigoletto Piedmont Opera 2015
    First Lady The Magic Flute (student matinée) Opera Colorado 2015
    Dorinda Orlando Boulder Opera 2015
    Tuptim The King and I Opera Theatre of the Rockies 2014
    Christine The Phantom of the Opera (concert) Loveland Opera Theater 2014
    Frasquita Carmen (student matinée) Opera Colorado 2014
    Lakmé Lakmé (cover + touring) Opera Theatre of the Rockies 2014
    Cosette Les Miserables (concert) Loveland Opera Theater 2014
    Cenerentola Cenerentola (Wolf-Ferrari) Flatirons Opera Theatre 2014
    Blanche Ingram Jane Eyre Performance Now Theatre Company 2013
    Cunegonde Candide       (concert suite) Knoxville Symphony Orchestra 2012
    Princess Zara Utopia Limited (G&S) Ohio Light Opera 2012
    Mitzi Blossom Time (Romberg) Ohio Light Opera 2012
    Yum-Yum The Mikado Ohio Light Opera 2012
    Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (student matinee) Opera Colorado YAP 2012
    Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro Opera Colorado 2012
    Soprano The Act           (Lori Laitman) Opera Colorado 2011
    Gretel Hansel and Gretel (touring) Opera Colorado YAP 2011
    Micaela Carmen (touring) Opera Colorado YAP 2011
    Mabel The Pirates of Penzance Ohio Light Opera 2011
    Irma/Musette The Fortune Teller (Herbert) Ohio Light Opera 2011
    Thérèse Les Mamelles de Tiresias Florida State U 2011
    Adina L’Elisir d’Amore Florida State U 2010
    Lucia The Rape of Lucretia Florida State U 2010
    Patience Patience Lee University 2009
    Pamina Die Zauberflöte Lee University 2006

  • Role Show Company Year
    Sylvia Behold the Man, Paul Fowler Buzz Inc. 2016
    Irma/Musette The Fortune Teller, Albany Records Ohio Light Opera 2011
    Mitzi Blossom Time, Albany Records Ohio Light Opera 2012
  • Role Show Company Year
    Gloria Poulenc Colorado College 2018
    Carmina Burana Carl Orff Voices West 2018
    New Years Eve Pops and Arias Concert Various Colorado Springs Philharmonic 2017
    9th Symphony Beethoven Chamber Orchestra of the Springs 2017
    Messiah Handel United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs 2017
    Opera Duets Various Opera Theatre of the Rockies 2017
    Messiah Handel Larimer Chorale 2017
    Requiem Mozart Colorado Chamber Orchestra 2016
    Gloria Handel Parish House Baroque 2015
    Annelies Whitbourn Voices West 2015
    Messiah Handel St. John’s Cathedral, Denver 2014
    Carmina Burana Carl Orff Brevard Symphony Orchestra 2014
    Frühlingsstimmen Johanne Strauss II Alabama Symphony Orchestra 2013
    “Let the bright seraphim” (Samson) Handel Loveland Opera Theater 2013
    Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 Johannes Brahms University of Florida 2013
    Carmina Burana Carl Orff Orchestra Kentucky 2013
    Candide Suite Leonard Bernstein Knoxville Symphony Orchestra 2012
    Le Berger fidèle Rameau Florida State U 2011
    Messe pour le Port Royal Charpentier Florida State U 2010
    Mass in C Major Beethoven Lee University 2008
    King David Honneger Lee University 2007
    Lord Nelson Mass Haydn Lee University 2006
  • Company Year
    Vocal Arts Festival, Opera Theatre of the Rockies 2014
    Opera Colorado, Young Artist 2011-2012
    Ohio Light Opera, Resident Professional Artist 2011, 2012
    Florida State University, MM-Vocal Performance 2009-2011
    Lee University, BM- Vocal Performance 2004-2009
    Voice Teachers Directors Conductors Coaches
    Stanford Olsen Steven LaCosse Chris Confessore Valerie Trujillo
    Ron Brendel Matthew Lata Douglas Fisher Robert Spillman
    Martile Rowland Steven Daigle Lucas Richman Kathy Kozak
  • 1st Place 2017 NATS CO-WY Chapter Auditions – Professional Men and Women
    2nd Place 2017 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Annual Competition
    5th Place 2015 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Annual Competition
    2014 recipient Pike’s Peak Opera League Career Grant Award
    2014 finalist Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition
    2013 semi-finalist American Traditions Competition
    2012 regional finalist MONC Auditions: Rocky Mnt Region
    2011 finalist Orpheus Vocal Competition
    2010 finalist, Verdi Award winner Orpheus Vocal Competition
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