Toy Stories
Jun
18
to Jun 24

Toy Stories

BDDS 27th SEASON | TOY STORIES

Emily Birsan will be a resident soprano with the Bach Dynamite and Dancing Festival. Chamber music series includes a variety of classical repertoire.  

Performance information TBA

June 18-24th, Madison, WI

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BBC Symphony Wales
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

BBC Symphony Wales

  • The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE, United Kingdom (map)
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BBC Symphony Wales - Concert Bernstein June 15

Fri 15 Jun 2018

19:30

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

Feet will be tapping and fingers will be clicking in Bernstein's glittering music for the stage, as we join the celebrations for the composer’s centenary.

Programme

Composers

Leonard Bernstein

Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town”

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – Take Care of This House

What a Movie! (Trouble in Tahiti)

Clarinet Sonata

Aaron Copland

El salón México

Leonard Bernstein

Candide – overture

Stephen Sondheim

Night Waltzes (A Little Night Music)

Leonard Bernstein

Candide – Glitter and Be Gay

Fancy Free

 

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Illuminarts Miami
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Illuminarts Miami

A Female Force: Ana Mendieta

April 26, 2018 7:00PM

De la Cruz Collection

23 NE 41st Street

Miami, FL  33137

FREE with RSVP

IlluminArts will present “A Female Force”: a program inspired by the work of celebrated Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta at the De la Cruz Collection. Mendieta's work was largely autobiographical and focused on themes including nature, life, death, identity, place and belonging. Her art provides a wealth of inspiration that will be illuminated through a musical program focusing on works of female composers performed by female musicians. Using elements of multimedia, this performance event will break the norm of how classical music is consumed by today’s audiences, and provide a unique experience for Miami’s community. In her own words, “My art is the way I re-establish the bonds that unite me to the universe. It is a return to the maternal source.”

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A Night at the Opera
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

A Night at the Opera

Experience the Music featuring some of your favorite melodies, and starring one of America’s leading tenors, Lawrence Brownlee, with artists from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera of Chicago - Emily BirsanJesse DonnerWill Liverman, and Lindsay Metzger - and the acclaimed Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Sommerville, conductor. 

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni, Welsh National Opera
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni, Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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BERG - Seven Early Songs  Rochester Philharmonic
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

BERG - Seven Early Songs Rochester Philharmonic

Ward Stare, conductor
Emily Birsan, soprano

BERG  Seven Early Songs
MAHLER  Symphony No. 4

No symphony begins as beguilingly, none casts such an exquisite spell. Step inside the magical world of Mahler’s Fourth, famous for its ethereal sleigh bells, time-altering beauty, and child’s dream of heaven. The stage is set with Alban Berg’s dreamy, rapturous art songs which drift through wondrous landscapes of silver-lit nights and sweet summer breezes.

Join conductors and special guests for a free, fun, and lively discussion about the music before each Philharmonics Series concert. Talks start one hour before the concert and end with ample time for you to refresh before the concert begins. Talks are held on the orchestra level of the Eastman Theatre.

Join conductors and special guests for a free, fun, and lively discussion about the music before each Philharmonics Series concert. Talks start one hour before the concert and end with ample time for you to refresh before the concert begins. Talks are held on the orchestra level of the Eastman Theatre.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Feb
23
7:15 PM19:15

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (map)
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Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Feb
16
7:15 PM19:15

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (map)
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Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Feb
11
4:00 PM16:00

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni  Welsh National Opera
Feb
9
7:15 PM19:15

DONNA ANNA - Don Giovanni Welsh National Opera

Conductor James Southall

Original Director John Caird

Revival Director Caroline Chaney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018

The arrogant and charismatic Don Giovanni seduces his way around Europe, taking what he wants and living for lust, without conscience. When one of his conquests ends in murder, it looks like his luck is about to turn. He finds himself on the run, pursued by disgruntled ex-lovers, fiancées and a force from beyond the grave. But when he refuses to show remorse, vengeance is inevitable and leads to his ultimate demise.

Based on the legend of Don Juan, Welsh National Opera’s production is set during the Spanish Golden Age. Mozart reflects both comedy and tragedy brilliantly in the score, including the ‘Catalogue’ aria detailing Giovanni’s list of 2065 lovers, the sparkling ‘Champagne’ aria and the high drama of the heart-stopping finale.

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Soloist - Bliss' The Beatitudes
Jan
30
1:00 PM13:00

Soloist - Bliss' The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes (Bliss) – BBC Symphony Orchestra

"The soprano Emily Birsan was silvery clear"

- The Times

"Soloists Ben Johnson and Emily Birsan impressed, not least in their bright-timbre but in the apparent ease with which they dispatched their unforgiving vocal lines: “O blessed Jesu” is littered with ungrateful leaps which both singers took in their stride."

- BachTrack.com

 

"The two soloists – Emily Birsan and Ben Johnson – were well cast . . . Birsan’s sweet top register provided the notes of the pastoral lark."

- MusicOMH.com

"The American soprano Emily Birsan is not as yet well-known this side of the Atlantic, but I’m sure we shall be hearing more of her lovely voice in the future."

- Seen and Heard International

"Emily Birsan responded with keen sensitivity and perception to some of Bliss’s most radiant settings for soprano"

- ClassicalSource.com

 

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Nov
1
to Nov 30

VIOLETTA - Verdi's La Traviata

“Soprano Emily Birsan captures both Violetta’s pain and passion, culminating in a final “Oh, joy” moment that’s not just beautiful sung, but beautifully acted.”

- Indianpolis Business journal

“She sang with real coloratura clarity and precision.  An especially thrilling moment occurred in the final act: facing her impending death, Violetta intones Addio, del passato bei sogni ridenti (“Farewell, lovely dreams of the past”). Birsan effortlessly soared to stratospheric high notes all at a pianissimo level—just beautiful.”

- Evansville Courier


 

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May
1
to May 31

SUSANNA - Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro

 " . . .Emily Birsan space to step up as a brilliant Susanna, nearly nudging Figaro out as main character and primary mover of the comic drama. Both leads showed fine, well-matched voices and lithe Mozartean instincts"

- The Boston Musical Intelligencer

"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. Even where the surtitles failed, as they did on a few occasions, all that needed to be communicated was written on her face."

- Boston Globe

"Soprano Emily Birsan sang the part of Susanna to perfection. A fine musician, her intonation was dead on throughout the evening, and her silvery tone proved ideal for the role. Her rendition of "Deh vieni non tardar," Susanna's final aria, was nothing short of ethereal.”

- Edge Media Network

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Nov
1
to Nov 30

JULIETTE - Romeo et Juiette

"Soprano Emily Birsan possibly achieved the finest work yet seen from this young singer. Her voice was bright and glittering in the coloratura of “Je veux vivre” and she displayed surprising body in her middle register for the potion aria. Juliette’s developmental arc from buoyant teen to tragic heroine was capitally rendered. The pair blended delightfully in the score’s unusual bounty of four extended duets.”

- OPERA NEWS

"Romeo may get top billing in the title, but Madison Opera’s latest production is all about the girl. . . Emily Birsan’s Juliet is a lusty, energetic teenager, giddy in love and intensely passionate. With her nurse (Allisanne Apple) she’s confident and headstrong. On stage, she draws the light. And on Gounod’s waltzes and arias, Birsan’s coloratura soprano sparkles brighter than the “inconstant moon” hanging over Juliet’s balcony. . . Birsan’s performance of “Amour, ranime mon courage” in Act IV is electrifying, as much a highlight as the sweet, bubbly (and more familiar) Act I waltz, “Je veux vivre.”

- The Cap Times

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Feb
1
to Feb 29

LAURETTA - Puccini's Gianni Schicchi

“Emily Birsan pealed her way through Lauretta’s music prettily, and looked like a vintage Barbie fresh from the box.”

- OPERA NEWS

". . . Emily Birsan’s stunning rendition of “O mio babbino caro,” easily the most delightful beautiful moment of the entire production." -stageandcinema.com

 

"The other standout, vocally speaking, was soprano Emily Birsan, a Lyric Ryan Opera Center alumna, who chirped the opera's greatest hit, Lauretta's aria "O mio babbino caro" ("Oh, hear me, dearest daddy," in the awkward translation employed here) very prettily."

- The Chicago Tribune

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Nov
1
to Nov 30

MUSETTA - Puccini's La Boheme

“Emily Birsan was not just a vocal knock-out as Musetta, but brought a depth to the role not always encountered. It is one thing for a soprano to show her tender side as Mimi embarks on her deathbed scene, but even in Act II with the great “Musetta’s Waltz” number, we find Birsan--again with the deft and inventive hand of Lefkowich--bringing more than just a vocal characterization. She begins the famous number in a kind of halting half-waltz with her sugar daddy, Alcindoro, and then in mid-aria works the crowd of gawking onlookers in Carmen-esque “Habanera” fashion. A great touch."

- Madison Magazine
 

" Musetta, with her shimmying skirts and big smile, is easily the highlight of the show, played by Emily Birsan. Birsan is a soprano on the rise that Madison can lay some claim to launching, since she picked up a master of music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. She makes for a lusty, free-spirited Musetta, and she brings the house down with a glorious rendition of the familiar “Quando men vo,” also known as Musetta’s waltz." 

- The Cap Times

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Oct
1
to Oct 31

MUSETTA - Puccini's La Boheme

Boston Lyric OPERA

David Angus conducts

Rosetta Cucchi directs

"...remarkable control over her instrument, and gave a multicolored delivery of “Quando m’en vo”, cooing the nightclub-act take on the aria with all the soft-but-unambiguous sultriness of a seasoned chanteuse."

- Boston Music Intellegencier

"soprano Emily Birsan drew all eyes to her with a slinky, hair-tossing performance and seductive singing"

- Boston Classical Review

"Birsan is also a pillar of this “La Bohème”; strong from the start, she conveys Musetta’s firm will and soft heart. She switches skillfully from angry banter with Marcello to tender words to comfort the dying Mimi, and she does it all with inexhaustible vivacity. She also uses an especially delightful technique of ending her high notes in little shrieks while quarreling with Marcello, to great humorous effect." 

- Harvard Crimson

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Aug
26
to Aug 27

Soloist - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

  • Melboure Symphony Orchestra (map)
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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

"The ensemble of the four – soprano Emily Birsan. . . – was exemplary, and their solo passages eloquent – and audible. It was a rare privilege to hear all soloists, but I shall never forget . . . or the limber power and sensitivity of Emily Birsan's soprano as it lofted over the walls of sound from chorus and orchestra.”

- Australian Book Review

"The stage was graced with a quartet of first-rate soloists: soprano Emily Birsan was expressive and technically sure, always concerned with balance"

- Performing Arts Hub

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Aug
4
to Aug 12

ANN TRUELOVE - Stravinsky's A Rake's Progress

  • Usher Hall, Edinburgh Scotland (map)
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Edinburgh International Festival

Sir Andrew Davis

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

"American soprano Emily Birsan as Anne, dressed in a black tulle skirt with a black and cream brocade bodice, radiated warmth with her lovely lyrical voice, particularly so in her prayerful “I go to him”.

Her final parting from the babbling Tom was desperately poignant as her father, a strong voiced supportive Peter Rose, led her slowly away."

- Bachtrack.com, Aug 2015

"Emily Birsan, the newest name to British audiences (but known to Andrew Davis through Chicago Lyric Opera and ), sounded fantastic as Anne. There is brightness and dazzling purity there, exemplified in a fantastic climactic aria at the end of Act 1, but there is also intelligence in her scene with Baba and a beautiful, heartfelt lullaby with Tom." 

- Seen and Heard International

"The Rake’s Progress review – a rare, tender Stravinsky staging. This was a concert staging – no sets, no elaborate costumes, orchestra on stage, not in a pit – but the excellent soloists turned a stark strip of stage into brothels and Bedlam, using only their charisma. Much can be done with little if the cast is this good and this up for it.
...American soprano Emily Birsan was an ardent, luminous Anne Trulove."

- The Guardian, Aug 2015

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Apr
24
1:00 PM13:00

MIMI - Puccini's La Boheme

Bangor Symphony Orchestra

"Birsan’s Mimi was a woman with a tenacious soul but delicate constitution too fragile for bohemian poverty. The soprano’s beautifully balanced voice so charmed theatergoers that some wept at Mimi’s demise."

- Bangor Daily News

"In her first appearance as Mimi, Emily Birsan gave a sympathetic portrayal of the dying seamstress, singing with confidence and beautiful style."

- The Ellsworth American

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Nov
13
to Nov 14

Soloist - "Alphine Symphony"

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
"Alpine Symphony" & Arias by Mozart and Verdi


"While one was immediately drawn to Birsan’s poise and effortless delivery, that respect leapt even higher as she dramatically carried the song’s narrative along, supported by clean, sophisticated tone and miraculously crisp diction. The vocal agility of Birsan was beautifully matched by the echoing flavor and spice from Sperl and the clarinet.

An even greater thrill, though, came from Birsan in the Verdi arias, a performance that revealed surprising reserves of power, depth and warmth in her lower range, and a thrilling goose-bump raising ability in her substantial upper range. This is a singer that will soon be snapped up hungrily by the international operatic world, if there is any justice at all."  

- Alan Sherrod, Classical Music Knoxville, 2014

 

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Oct
6
to Oct 28

ITALIAN SINGER - R. Strass' Capriccio

"La Roche introduces yet further entertainment from the realm of musical theater: in a duet presented by the Italian Soprano and Italian Tenor in appropriate costume, Emily Birsan and Juan José de Léon sing their stereotypical roles with gusto and with exaggerated egos suited to their parts. Both singers perform delightfully in their cameo roles. The assembled company joins afterward in an octet of voices and opinions reminiscent of the cacophony in Strauss’s earlier Rosenkavalier."

- Opera Today, October 2014, FULL ARTICLE

"In Act 2 the comic antics of the Italian Soprano (Emily Birsan) and the Italian Tenor (Juan Jose de Leon) just about steal the show."

-Amy Munice , LA Splash Magazine,  FULL ARTICLE

"Similarly, the cacophony in the debate resembles the opening of the third act of Der Rosenkavalier, where the Italian singer recurs in Capriccio as two Italian singers, which Emily Birsan and Juan José de Léon execute with theatrical irony and musical deftness."  

- Seen and Heard International, 2014   FULL ARTICLE

 

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May
31
to Jun 8

SOLDIER GIRL - C. Orf's "The Clever One"

"Soprano lifts COT’s uneven double bill of wartime works... the two young lovers, the Soldier and Bubikopf, William Dwyer and Emily Birsan brought a fleeting moment of tender humanity.  Yet soprano Emily Birsan in the title role of the unnamed “Clever One” brought terrific vocal gleam and the kind of superbly expressive singing that has been largely absent at COT in recent seasons. Mitisek’s static treatment of her character as robotic archetype offered few dramatic opportunities yet Birsan’s lovely singing of her lullaby to the narcotized king was the high point of a rather uneven evening."

 - Lawrence Johnson,  June 01, 2014

"For sheer vocal splendor, however, Emily Birsan’s bright, agile singing as the clever girl crowned the night"

- Chicago on the Aisle


"...But one had no reservations whatsoever about Birsan's fully dimensional performance in the title role. This superb Ryan alumna floated her high-lying music with exquisite vocal sweetness and purity."

- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune,  June 1, 2014

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May
8
to May 16

Soloist - Elgar's "Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf" 

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Bergen, Norway


"The vocal forces were outstanding, too. The baritone Alan Opie was imposing right from his opening Summon Now the God of Thunder, and Barry Banks deployed his high, incisive tenor fearlessly in some quite challenging passages. The American soprano Emily Birsan sang with radiant delicacy."

- John Allison, The Telegraph, London, 20 May 2014

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