- Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Madison and raised in Westfield, Wisconsin.
- Where did you go to school?
I went to Westfield Area High School, completed my Bachelor of Arts at Luther College, and graduated this past May from the University of Northern Iowa with my Master of Music.
- Who is your favorite opera singer?
There are so many singers I love to listen to, but one of my favorites is Nadine Sierra.
- My favorite opera is…
This is always so tricky to answer… I am normally really excited about the opera on which I am currently working. I think right now my favorite is Rusalka. Dvořák is one of my favorite composers!
- What is your dream role?
My list includes Mimì in La Bohème, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Rusalka, and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare.
- What are you most excited about for this upcoming Madison Opera season?
The first live opera performance I ever attended was a production of La Traviata at Madison Opera, so I am most excited to be performing on the stage of the company I grew up listening to!
- What is your favorite memory of performing on stage?
I recently sang Gretel in UNI Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel and I had a blast being a kid on stage – especially during the candy cottage scenes. So many pieces of candy to nibble on!
- When did you know you wanted to pursue opera as a career?
I grew up in a musical family and have always loved to sing, but I took an “Intro to Opera Performance” class my first year of undergrad and have since had a passion for learning about and singing opera. I still have so many things to learn about this field, but I am very excited about what is ahead!
- I like to binge-watch…
YouTube videos of cute puppies….. ha! I’m also a big fan of Fixer Upper and The Great British Baking Show.
- People would be surprised to know…
I really like gnomes (but only the non-creepy ones!) I have one on my shelf at home named Gnomechadnezzar.
- Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer).
Q. What is my favorite non-classical music to listen to?
A. I LOVE the band Needtobreathe. SO GOOD. Check them out!
Find out more about Emily and our other 2018/19 Studio Artists, and don’t miss hearing her perform this season!