"...Amanda Forsythe's Manto, with sunshine in her tone, has bright and forward Italian diction, paired with the equally touching and pure Colin Balzer as Tiberino."
William R. Braun/Opera News
"...Manto is sung enchantingly by Amanda Forsythe."
"...Here singing the rôle of Manto, the radiant soprano Amanda Forsythe sang the title rôle in the 2011 BEMF staging of Niobe. She is a singer for whom Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century repertory is completely natural territory, and her polished-silver voice possesses reserves of power that enable her to sustain fastidiously-nuanced characterizations throughout the course of a performance of a score as demanding as Steffani's. Her technique enables her to toss off the Act One aria 'Se la vita à me donasti' with aplomb, followed by an account of the aria 'Vuoi ch'io parli, parlerò' that is notable for its singularity of dramatic purpose. The simplicity of her enunciation in 'Nel mio seno à poco à poco' transforms her portrayal from one of a delicate, naïve girl into a study of a sensitive but strong-willed young woman. In Act Two, she shapes her accounts of the arias 'Tu ci pensasti poco' and 'Hò troppo parlato' with unfettered ingenuity, her upper register pealing with the freshness of youth. Like several of her colleagues in this performance, Ms. Forsythe is at her best in Act Three, in which she sings 'Chiudetevi miei lumi' lusciously."
Joseph Newsome/Voix des Arts
"...The young lovers, Tiberino and Manto, actually have some fascinating, sensual music to perform. Both roles are strongly cast: tenor Colin Blazer and soprano Amanda Forsythe sing with bright, forward tone and convince us of their love, using vibrato wisely and to express their passion, which takes a couple of acts to be acknowledged."
Robert Levine/Classics Today
"...The opera is beautifully presented, with the subtle colours of the period-instrument orchestra offsetting the fine singing of a number of Baroque specialists, among whom Karina Gauvin's dramatic Niobe, Philippe Jaroussky's faultless Anfione and Amanda Forsythe's delightful Manto lead the vocal pack."
George Hall/Sinfini Music
"...Soprano Amanda Forsythe, who was a winning Niobe in 2011, here sings the young lover Manto with the same degree of textual nuance."
Steve Smith/The Boston Globe