Soprano Amanda Balestrieri was born and educated in England, and brings an impressive list of credits from both sides of the Atlantic. A few among many are several appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, a performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York, and a broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. She has sung under the baton of Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Leonard Slatkin, and Peter Phillips. Much in demand for her skills in baroque repertoire, Ms. Balestrieri received critical acclaim for her performances of Messiah with the Santa Fe Pro Musica and in New York with the famed St. Thomas Choir, for which she was praised in The New York Times, and for her appearance at the Maryland Handel Festival. Other notable performances have been several recitals at the Phillips Collection, most recently in 2010, Rameau’s opera Pigmalion with renowned French tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the Washington Bach Consort, Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Santa Fe Pro Musica.