Biography

American Soprano Amy Van Looy is equally at home on the opera, operetta, musical theatre and theatre stages. She has enjoyed a diverse career spanning all of these genres.

In the opera and operetta world Ms. Van Looy has sung the High Priestess in Aida and Edith in Pirates of Penzance with Opera Carolina. Ms. Van Looy has been seen singing First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Greensboro Opera. She made her mainstage debut singing the role of Mimi in La Bohème with Hidden Valley Opera Theatre after which she spent three seasons with Chautauqua Opera where she sang the roles of Mrs. Hayes in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof as well as covering the title role in Susannah and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Ms. Van Looy sang La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with Amherst Opera Theatre following her season with Sarasota Opera where she sang Rose in Lakmé and covered Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. Other operetta engagements include the title role in Countess Maritza with Concert Operetta Theatre and Princess Nekaya in Utopia Limited with Ohio Light Opera where you can also hear her on the Utopia Limited Newport Classic Recording. She joined Des Moines Metro Opera where she covered the role of Penelope, Lady Rich in Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana.

Ms. Van Looy is a consummate interpreter of contemporary opera and enjoyed much success performing the roles of Anne Sexton in Conrad Sousa’s Transformations, The Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief with Eastman Opera Theatre.

In addition, while studying at Philadelphia’s prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts she put into her repertoire the roles of Marguerite in Faust and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte.

On the musical theatre and theatre stage she has also enjoyed a wonderful career appearing as Jack’s Mother in Into the Woods and Jenny in Company with the Central Piedmont Summer Theatre. She worked for several seasons with the award winning Children’s Theatre of Charlotte as Madame de la Grande Bouche in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the Red Queen in Alice in Concert, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, originating roles in two World Premieres – Ms. Thimblebee in The Christmas Doll, and Ethel in The Christmas Bus, as well as appearing as Mrs. McCarthy in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Various roles including Sheila Tubman in Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing. Ms. Van Looy also originated the role of Titania in Epic Arts’ World Premiere production of A Midsummer Night’s Musical and sang the role of Woman 1 in Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever with Collaborative Arts.

Ms. Van Looy completed her training at the Eastman School of Music, where she received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in addition to completing study at Northwestern University. She has worked as a young artist for Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Ohio Light Opera and did outreach and touring with Opera Omaha.

Ms. Van Looy is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, the Helen Jemison Van Aken Award from Mobile Opera, 1st place in the Heafner/Williams Competion, 2nd place in the Eleanor Lieber Awards with Portland Opera, W. Cassell Stewart Competition with Opera Birmingham, and the Singer of the Year Competition through Shreveport Opera. She was a Semi-Finalist in the Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera and has been awarded prizes from Connecticut Opera and the Lotte Lenya Competition through the Kurt Weill Foundation. She appeared as a featured soloist in the centennial celebration of Kurt Weill’s life at the 92nd St. Y hosted by Teresa Stratas. She is a Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Ms. Van Looy currently resides in Berlin, Germany.