“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