Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano, has sung with Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, The Castleton Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Boston, and Florentine Opera among others. Her current season includes a debut with Boston Lyric Opera, and a return to Apollo's Fire as soloist in Handel's Messiah as well as engagements with New World Symphony and Seraphic Fire. Next season includes her debut with Los Angeles Opera, reprising the title role of Cenerentola for Orlando Opera, and a return to Apollo's Fire in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. Amanda has also appeared as a soloist with ensembles including Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, New World Symphony, Bach Festival Society of Florida, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. She has been a prize winner and finalist in the José Iturbi International Voice Competition, Jensen Foundation Voice Competition, Joy in Singing Debut Artist Competition, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition, Center for Contemporary Opera Competition, and is a recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. Amanda is also the founder and Artistic Director of Miami's Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music concert series, IlluminArts.