Josephine Amankwah

Josephine Amankwah is a seasoned and accomplished professional of the creative arts. Her exquisite mezzo-soprano voice has led to her being cast in productions with some of classical music’s leading lights, at some of the world’s most famous venues. Having trained at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Josephine has embarked on a successful acting career which has won her a number of notable credits in television, film and theatre.

Josephine Amankwah’s exquisite mezzo-soprano voice has led to her being cast in productions with some of classical music’s leading lights, at some of the world’s most famous venues. Her performances across the globe, taking in four continents, have included lead soloist at the Royal Festival Hall with the Gamelan Orchestra, lead soloist at the Centenary Concert of Nazim Hikmet at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and singing in the English National Opera’s production of Mahagonny alongside Lesley Garrett. Her exceptional talent has led to critics describing her in glowing terms: “Long and striking with a voice of a nightingale” by London Time Out’s Patrick Marmion and a “thrilling and haunting soprano” by The Guardian’s Rhoda Koenig, Josephine’s performances never fail to move and enthral audiences. However, she has taken her classical training disciplines to new levels, writing and directing Let My People Go, which fused gospel, traditional negro spirituals, classical music and spoken word to tell the story of slavery, emancipation and the black american experience across generations. It is this fearless approach to her discipline and her art that makes Josephine a unique voice of her generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Stars. Went to see Celebration Africa with friends and thoroughly enjoyed it.The music and poetry was so moving and rich in texture. I loved the audience participation in the performance.......Outstanding performance from Josephine Amankwah, what a voice and stage presence. Reading from Tetteh Kofi was so engaging. The musicians added a great background to the programme. I recommend this show highly.

Mrs Reynold (From Bored To Night Reviews on Musicals & Opera at The Edinburgh Festival)

Classically Trained Amankwah is an impressive vocal Talent.

Three Weeks Fringe, Holly Williams

"The piece is sustained brilliantly by ... the singing of Josephine Amankwah, who could well follow in the steps of Lotte Lenya."

The Sunday Times, Culture

"As Anna 1, Josephine Amankwah has a thrilling and haunting soprano."

The Independent, Rhoda Koenig

"Anna is played as two... so opera singer Josephine Amankwah and dancer Yumino Seki - both wonderful - move together."

The Stage, Gareth Evans

" Josephine Amankwah, a long striking black woman with the voice of a nightingale. "

Time Out, Patrick Marmion

" ...fetchingly sung by Josephine Amankwah. "

Evening Standard, Metro Magazine, Nicholas de Jong

" Josephine Amankwah, as Anna 1, has the carriage and the facial bone structure of an African queen, and a voice of such purity that there is an apt illumination of Brecht's theories of theatre in the contrast between the voice and the words she sings, conjoining Anna 2 to sacrifice integrity, body and happiness for material success. "

The British Theatre Guide

Career
highlights

  • Participating in Composition in Africa and the Diaspora at the University of Cambridge, August 2007. Organised by Professor Akin Euba, Composer and Director at CIMACC (Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College, Cambridge)
  • Lead Soloist for Ghana @ 50 celebrations – Singing the National Anthem for the country’s 50 Years of Independence in the Presence of our President J A Kufuor at the Independence Square. Organised by Ghana @ 50.
  • Soloist: Recording National Anthem for University of Grenada – Composer Shirley Thompson
  • Lead Soloist: Musical: Let My People Go – Performed at the Posk Theatre in London. Written and Directed By Josephine Amankwah and Yolanda Thompson. Produced by Pro- Art and 3rd Dimension
  • Lead Soloist: UNICEF Christmas Concert in aid of Sudan Appeal called The Birth of Spirituals and the Gospel With Readings from Prince Mohsin Alikan, Teteh Kofi and Her Grace Princess Natalya E. Youssoupppoff. Produced by Pro-Art and UNICEF Committee. Directed by Vesna Petkovic
  • Recorded and filmed a collection of Christmas Carols for Revelation TV. Produced by 3rd Dimension and Revelation TV. Directed by Revelation TV
  • Role: Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill. Directed by Mehmet Ergen at Arcola Theatre.
  • Lead Soloist with the Gamelan Orchestra for the Gamelan Festival. Produced by the Royal Festival Hall. Directed by Nikhil Dally.
  • Lead Soloist in an evening of poetry and music to celebrate the Centenary of the poet Nazim Hikmet. Cast included Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave and Harold Pinter. Josephine earned critical praise for her performance of Turkish folk songs reviewed by CNN Broadcast Live. Directed by Mehmet Ergen.
  • Role: Erica – In Looking at the Sun by Out of Southwark Playhouse for the Battersea Opera Festival. Directed by Mehmet Ergen.
  • Role: Tyler – Life on Mars produced for Channel 4.com. Directed by Kate Kinnard
  • Role: Irina – Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weill. Produced by Out of Southwark playhouse for the Battersea Opera Festival. Directed By Mehmet Ergen. Josephine earned critical praise for her performance reviewed by Richard Sheridan for the International Herald Tribune.
  • Role: Basya’s Woman – In the Beginning. A film for Hallmark production starring Steven Berkoff and Dame Diana Riggs. Directed by Kevin Connor and Produced by Paul Lowin.
  • Role: The Gypsy/Ensemble – The Diary of one who vanished by Janacek. Produced by English National Opera, starring Ian Bostridge, Ruby Philogene and Julius Drake. Translated by Seamus Heaney and Directed by Deborah Warner.
  • Role: Iras – Hallmarks production of Cleopatra for ABC Network, starring Timothy Dalton, Billy Zane, Art Malik and Rupert Graves. Directed by Franc Roddam and Produced by Dyson Lovell.
  • Role: Model for Jacob’s Biscuit television commercial. Produced by the Producers and directed by Robert Bierman.
  • Role: Photographic model for M&S Saatchi advertising campaign for Garrards jewellers. Appeared in Vogue, Elle, The Sunday Times, Harper’s & Queen and Tatler Magazine.
  • Recorded Benjamin Britten Cabaret songs for Catalunya Radio Station. For the International Music Festival in Manlleu, Spain. Music Director: Iain Burnside
  • Role: Jenny’s Girl – Mahogonny by Kurt Weill for English National Opera. Starring Lesley Garrett. Directed by Declan Donellan and conducted by Sian Edwards
  • Lead Soloist for the Young artist concert at the Covent Garden Festival, St. Clement Danes Church, in the Strand.
  • Role: The First Lady and The Sailor – Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell. Produced by Black Swan Opera at the Tricycle Theatre in which Josephine earned critical praise for her performance reviewed by Rodney Milnes in Opera Magazine.
  • Role: A Villager in Red Rubber by Dirk D’Haese. Produced by Sign of The Times Opera for the Antwerp Cultural festival. Performed at Desingel Theatre in Antwerp, Belgium. Directed by Alexander Steyermark and conducted by Dirk D’ Haese.
  • Role: Myrt – Carmen Jones at The Old Vic Theatre. Directed by Simon Callow and Conducted by Henry Lewis. Produced by Turnstyle Theatre Production
  • Role: A Neighbour – In a Small Green Space by IIona Sekacz for The Baylis Programme at the English National Opera. Directed by David Sulkin, Written by Fay Weldon and conducted by IIona Sekacz.
  • Producer and Researcher for 1 World Television – produced a cross section of multi media shows.
  • Producer and Researcher for Crunch Can productions.

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