"There is star acting from mezzo Amanda Crider as Poppea. She is not just  fetching in her seductive manner and sly power to corrupt, but potent in her crystalline voice while also melding so exactly with an elegant tenor, Karim Sulayman as Emperor Nerone. Their duets – yearning and playful –  are a centerpiece."

Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee

Florentine Opera, Poppea 2019

"The vocal soloists were splendid...mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider...spent several radiant moments on a platform at the front of the stage rendering solos and duos with consummate beauty and real feeling."

Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

Apollo's Fire, Bach b minor Mass 2019

"Crider’s performance was a tour-de-force for its sustained vocal luster, dramatic variation, and sheer amount of singing."

Jim Farber, San Francisco Classical Voice

Los Angeles Opera, Persona 2017

"Mezzo-soprano Crider is the true star here, making her BLO debut, particularly in a sex-charged fever dream by Eddy where she crawls around and on top of him in a violent lust, accenting her notes as if she were pinning Eddy down with them." ​

Landry Harlan, Boston University News Service

Boston Lyric Opera, Greek 2016

"The Mezzo-Soprano, Amanda Crider, made a winsome, vulnerable, and when the story turns dark, wildly volatile Alma, who for long stretches carries the entire opera, since Elisabet does not speak.  Ms. Crider sang with deep expressivity and impressive stamina."

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Beth Morrison Projects - Persona (World Premiere) 2015

"The eloquent Ms. Crider carried the evening in a monologue that started out plain and slowly gathered force and texture as Alma's identification with her patient grew increasingly complex and malevolent"

Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal
Beth Morrison Projects - Persona (World Premiere) 2015

"But our surprise pick-hit of the evening was mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider and we think the opening night audience would concur with our opinion. Ms. Crider’s sprightly, strong, and at times totally clueless Zerlina was perhaps the most fully realized, and indeed lovable character on stage during Saturday’s performance.  Ms. Crider possesses a strong, flexible, expressive instrument that she put to good use during the many twists and turns in her part. But she also proved to be a superb stage actress, embodying her character’s silliness and quirks but proving a formidable woman in her own right."

Terry Ponick, Communities Digital News, Washington D.C.
The Castleton Festival - Don Giovanni 2014

“’He was despised and rejected,’ sang mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider. Her crisp diction made the torments of the crucifixion seem real, with unforgettable delivery of the “shame and spitting” that Jesus endured in the Passion. But, like the other soloists, she sang Handel’s lyrical melodies as though they were written to delight as well as instruct his theatrical audience—and, in her renditions, with melodic line and tasteful ornamentation, they did.”
Nicholas Jones, Cleveland Classical

Apollo's Fire - The Messiah 2012