BIOGRAPHY & PRESS KIT
Egyptian-born, New Zealand soprano Amina Edris's 2018-19 season included her First and Audience Prize victories at the inaugural Concours Bordeaux Medoc Lyrique and the title role in Manon at Opéra National de Bordeaux. In her 2019-2020 season, she debuts at Grand Théâtre de Genève and returns to San Francisco Opera.
Praised for her “lustrous” tone (Opera News) and “beautifully polished” presentation (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Amina Edris won joint First Prize and Audience Prize at the inaugural Concours Bordeaux Medoc Lyrique in 2018. Born in Egypt and raised and trained in New Zealand, Edris participated in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, during which she made her well-received debut as Norina in Don Pasquale. Subsequently becoming an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, Edris has over the past two seasons debuted as Frasquita in Carmen, Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto, Annina in La Traviata and in the world-premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, while building her wider repertoire to encompass the title role in Manon, Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and Musetta in La Bohème.
"Edris took top honors in the cast... smart & irresistibly funny."
In the 2019/20 season, Edris will debut at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève as Fatime in Les Indes galantes, return to the San Francisco Opera as Juliette, and appear at the Hawaii Opera Theatre as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Last season, the soprano made her debut with the Washington Concert Opera as Glycère in Gounod’s Sapho, under Antony Walker, and her debut as Manon with the Opéra National de Bordeaux. In previous seasons, Edris appeared for the first time as Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the New Zealand Opera, Susanna with Opera San José, Tina in Jonathan Dove’s Flight for Opera Parallèle, and Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona at the Christchurch Arts Festival in New Zealand.
Amina Edris is a winner of the Deborah Riedel award in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Competition, as well as a winner at the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria Competition, the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition 2016, and the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where she was awarded a Western Regional Special Encouragement Award. 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.