- Where were you born and raised?
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, but we moved to College Station, Texas when I was 2 months old and still have our family home there.
- If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
There was a time when I seriously considered becoming a CIA analyst. But now I think I would probably be an English Lit or rhetoric professor.
- The first opera I was ever in was…
Micaela in Carmen with Amarillo Opera (I was a student at WTAMU, just down the road). I call it my professional debut, if you’re allowed to consider getting reimbursed for gas professional.
- My favorite opera is…
To sing: La Fanciulla del West. Overall: Peter Grimes or Billy Budd.
- My favorite food to cook is…
I’ve gotta say, chips and queso (and not anything fancy—just plain ol’ Velveeta and RO*TEL tomatoes).
- People would be surprised to know that…
I am a First Class Girl Scout (equivalent to Eagle Scout).
- If I could spend a ‘weekend in the country’ anywhere, real or fantasy, I would travel to…
Narnia, of course.
- I like to binge-watch…
QI and Upstart Crow (on BritBox), True Facts (on YouTube), pretty much any British detective series.
- What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Terry Pratchett, and Michael Palin.
- Everyone should see A Little Night Music because….
The words and music are beyond brilliant. And I can pretty much guarantee that it will make your own love life seem far less complicated by comparison.
- Bonus: One question you wish someone would ask you (and the answer)
Q: Who are the three coolest people you’ve ever gotten to hang out with?
A: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, George H.W. Bush, and Roger Waters (not all at the same time).
Find out more about Emily and our other artists, and don’t miss the chance to see her perform Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. Performances are February 8 and 10 in Capitol Theater. Tickets start at $25!