The spry-voiced soprano Emily Birsan was a delightful and streetwise Susanna, and her skeptical look of disgust toward the slimier male characters brought the house down in laughter more than once... all that needed to be communicated was written on her face.
— The Boston Globe

American soprano Emily Birsan has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for her “fineness of expression...” and by the London Telegraph as singing with "radiant delicacy." She is a critically acclaimed recitalist and well known for her prominent interpretations of concert and operatic repertoire.


In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Birsan made role debuts as Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with Madison Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Boston Lyric Opera, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Florentine Opera. On the concert stage, she made her debut with Melbourne Symphony singing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, a concert with the Chicago Philharmonic, and was featured with the BBC Symphony in London singing Bliss’ Beatitudes. The 2017-2018 season includes joining the Liverpool Symphony, Violetta in La Traviata with Indianapolis Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and her debut with Welsh National Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.


Recently, Emily returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Italian Singer in Capriccio, Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Florida Grand Opera, and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with the Edinburgh International Festival, among others. Her critically acclaimed performances on the concert stage include Elgar with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, Verdi and Puccini with the Knoxville Symphony and, most recently, her Carnegie Hall debut with Mozart Mass in C minor. With the Chandos Record Label, Ms. Birsan has recorded Edward Elgar's oratorio, The Saga of St. Olaf, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis. She also recorded Bliss' Beatitudes with the BBC Symphony in Spring of 2017 for Chandos.

In the 2018-2019 season, she went on for an ailing colleague at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Violetta in La Traviata for which acclaimed “This opera is about Violetta, and the Lyric has a superb one here." Additionally, she performed Violetta with Nashville Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Illinois Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, and Louisiana Symphony, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Jacksonville Symphony, the title role in Rusalka with Madison Opera, Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Madison Symphony, and Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel with the Edinburgh International Festival.

The 2019-2020 season includes appearances with the Peninsula Music Festival, Mozart’s Requiemwith the Bach Society of St. Louis, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Phoenix Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic and Tucson Symphony.


American soprano Emily Birsan was an ardent, luminous Anne Trulove...
— The Guardian, August 2015
Emily Birsan pealed her way through Lauretta’s music prettily, and looked like a vintage Barbie fresh from the box.