Directed by David McVicar, Marie Lambert
Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis
"Emily Birsan's Servilia revealed a fresh lyric soprano of fine quality that pealed above the ensembles very prettily."
-OPERA NEWS, Mark Thomas Ketterson, 3/5/2014
"...she combines sincerity and rich beauty in her singing, current third-year Ryan soprano Emily Birsan matches Hall as Servilia"
-Andrew Patner Chicago Sun Times March 2014
"Emily Birsan, a current Ryan Opera Center member, sang with apt youthful purity as Servilia, Annio’s beloved, blending smoothly with Hall’s lovely mezzo."
-L. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, March 2014
"Emily Birsan’s cameo aria as the steadfast Servilia was completely charming; indeed she and Cecelia Hall (who portrayed Servilia’s sweetheart Annio (in the opera’s second trouser role) reminded one of the young couple in “The Magic Flute” — princess Pamina and prince Tamino, whose ravishingly innocent music Davis and his orchestra were most certainly channeling."
- Nancy Malitz, Chicago on the Aisle, March 2014