American soprano Amber Wagner is a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals and was featured in the 2009 documentary film The Audition. She recently triumphed in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Lyric Opera of Chicago, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. While covering this same role with Canadian Opera Company earlier in the year, she gained special notoriety by replacing an ailing colleague as Ariadne to great acclaim, on only 24 hours notice. Debuts for the 2011/12 season included concert performances of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia under Sir Andrew Davis, Sieglinde in Die Walküre conducted by Sebastian Weigle at the Frankfurt Opera, as well as a Metropolitan Opera debut as Anna in Nabucco. Role debuts include Senta in The Flying Dutchmanconducted by Philippe Auguin at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. The previous season saw her return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Elsa in Lohengrinconducted by Sir Andrew Davis; she performed the same role for her debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Symphonic highlights included a return to the Grant Park Music Festival for Verdi’s Requiem and as Sieglinde in Act 1 of Wagner’s Die Walküre in concert with the Colorado Symphony conducted by Christian Arming. In the 2009/10 season, she made her European debut with the Prague State Opera, performing Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde with conductor Jan Latham Koenig.