Director of Music Education
Amanda Balltrip, soprano, has been praised as “the total package of the acting singer” (Rich Copley, Lexington Herald –Leader). Most recently, Ms. Balltrip performed with the Lexington Singers and University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai under the direction of former Lexington Philharmonic conductor George Zach, and Elizabeth in the world premier of Thy Will Be Done by Angela Rice with Bluegrass Opera. She also sang the role of Despina in a highlights version of Così fan tutte with Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Festival and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust with Highlands Light Opera.
Other operatic roles include: Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Musetta (La Bohème), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Frasquita (Carmen), Dorothée (Cendrillion), First witch (Dido and Aeneas), Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte). She was selected by composer Thomas Pasatieri in 2007 to play Tallulah, the leading lady in his comic opera, The Hotel Casablanca, and in 2009 created the role of Ann Rutledge in the world premier of River of Time by Joseph Baber, an historical opera about the life of Abraham Lincoln. Internationally, Ms. Balltrip has performed in Montréal, Canada with the International Vocal Arts Institute, as an Alltech Scholar with The Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland, and in Bogotà, Colombia where she performed a recital of electro-acoustical music for the new music festival, En tiempo real: nuevos espacio sonoros.
Ms. Balltrip was a Kentucky District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008 after she was recognized with the Encouragement Award in 2006 and 2007. She was also awarded the second place graduate prize in the Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition, which provided her full tuition and a stipend for her master’s degree. She obtained her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Gail Robinson and Dr. Angelique Clay.