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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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