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“With consummate poise, limpid clarity, and faultless intonation” (Washington Classical Review), Washington, D.C.-based soprano Amy Nicole Broadbent has garnered recognition as a dynamic and versatile musical force.
A frequent interpreter of Bach, Handel, and other baroque champions, Amy enjoys performing a wide variety of music, including classical and Romantic works, musical theater and operetta, and 20th century and contemporary chamber music and art song. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Amy has been a featured soloist for the Washington National Cathedral’s socially-distant webcast services. Previous solo performances include: Bach Passions, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Bach’s Magnificat, Bach’s solo cantata Ich bin in mir vergnügt with acclaimed conductor Matthew Halls at the keyboard, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Reich’s Tehillim, and numerous sacred Bach cantatas. In 2016, Broadbent was selected by composer Robert Kyr as a soloist for the world premiere of his cantata Song of the Beloved.
Amy was a first place winner of the Audrey Rooney Bach Competition, NATS local/regional levels, and the National Society of Arts and Letters’ (NSAL) Winston Voice Competition; she also was a finalist and prizewinner for the New York Oratorio Society Competition at Carnegie Hall, the Annapolis Opera Competition, the Bethlehem Bach Competition, and the Franco-American Grand Concours Vocal Competition. After winning NSAL’s competition, she used the scholarship to study in Weimar, Germany, appearing as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Other operatic credits include: Pamina & Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Elsie (The Yeomen of the Guard), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Ms. Jessel (The Turn of the Screw).
Amy’s compositions and arrangements have been performed at venues including the Washington National Cathedral, Basilica of the National Shrine, by ensembles including the Navy Sea Chanters, the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and the Air Force Singing Sergeants. Her piece Wartime Christmas, written for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, was broadcast nationally on EWTN in 2018.
As an ensemble musician, Amy has performed in many of the nation’s world-class and GRAMMY award-winning choral ensembles including The Crossing, True Concord, The Thirteen, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Washington Bach Consort. From 2018-2020, she served as Assistant Conductor for the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, conducting performances of The Gondoliers, Princess Ida, HMS Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance. She currently serves as vocalist and Assistant Conductor of the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the official chorus of the U.S. Navy, with the rank of Musician 1st Class. Amy holds degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, and will return in 2020 as a Master’s student in conducting, under the tutelage of Dr. Edward Maclary.