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 for a concert of Gershwin tunes, 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.
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I believe art is born from the heart of life's experiences. My objective with every performance is to truthfully portray a character, to challenge my perception of what it means to exist within one's world, and to understand the meaning of community.
As I dig in to each operatic role, and acquaint myself with every new city, I look forward to sharing my journey with you here on my blog, The Neighborhood Soprano. I warmly invite you to check back often for exciting updates and announcements.
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.
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