Gurnee Native Amanda Majeski on Starring Roles at Lyric, Met Operas

Amanda Majeski has been bringing her distinctive soprano voice to operatic roles on stages in the U.K., Spain, Germany and Switzerland. Closer to home, she'll soon return to a role in Mozart's “The Marriage of Figaro” at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.

 “That production it’s really beautifully done. I think it was beautifully staged. It was my debut there, so it’s always really exciting to return to that role,” Majeski said.

Below, see a clip of Majeski in "Figaro."

Chicago audiences can see her right now at the Lyric in Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier," where she plays an aristocrat in a love affair with a young count.

“I am the Marschallin, and I am in love with Octavian but I’m a bit older than Octavian. I have already a life established for myself. I’m married and I have this love affair with this younger man,” she said.

“I’m in love with him but through the opera I realize where I am in my life and where he is in his life and that we just cannot be together.”

The Gurnee native joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation about her career, as well as to perform William Bolcom's cabaret song "Amor." 

Watch Majeski perform "Sei er doch gut, Quinquin" from "Der Rosenkavalier" below.


“Der Rosenkavalier” is a German opera by Richard Strauss that explores love affairs, fidelity and aging by combining humor with insight. More than 100 musicians accompany the performances.  The opera is performed in German with projected English titles and runs just over four hours with two intermissions. Performances continue through March 13. Go here for tickets and more information.


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