Meet the Artists – Emily Birsan

Emily Birsan


  1. Where were you born and raised?
    I was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, and raised in Iowa, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
  2. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
    I can’t imagine not being involved in the arts in some way.
  3. The first opera I was ever in was…
    The Magic Flute.
  4. My favorite opera is…
    Many favorites come to mind – to sing vs. to enjoy are two separate things for me. To watch, Hansel and Gretel and Pelléas et Mélisande. To sing, La Traviata and A Rake’s Progress.
  5. My favorite food to cook is…
    I love to cook warm stews and soups that make my tummy happy. This last winter, my husband and I made a lot of oxtail stew. In the hotter months, I love to make chicken Milanese.
  6. People would be surprised to know that…
    …I took up knitting this last year when I was in Wales for a job, and I have never read the Harry Potter books.
  7. If I could be in any fairy-tale, I would be in…
    Beauty and the Beast.
  8. I like to binge-watch…
    Ozark, Schitt’s Creek, Blackish, Handmaid’s Tale.
  9. What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
    Joni Mitchell & Michelle Obama (plus me and my sister).
  10. Everyone should see Rusalka because….
    It’s a piece to warm your senses, and get you ready for all the life that spring has to offer!

Find out more about Emily and our other artists, and don’t miss the chance to see her as Rusalka in Rusalka. Performances are April 26 and 28 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18!

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