Amanda Holden is a musician, lyricist and translator – the only librettist to have received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera (2001) – as well as the only translator to receive a nomination (2012). She has written more than 60 English texts for stage and concert performance; the majority of them are opera translations. Encyclopaedic reference books detailing the lives and works of c.900 opera composers. 8216;his [Brett Dean's] virtuoso librettist…’. Amanda Juliet Holden 2011.