Beloved by critics and audiences alike, American soprano Emily Birsan has shared her engaging skills with many of the world’s finest opera houses and orchestras, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Edinburgh Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Rochester Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Hailed for her versatility and “radiant delicacy” of tone, she takes on exceptionally broad repertoire, and has emerged as a specialist in works by Mozart and Italian repertoire.
During the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Birsan will made appearances with the Aspen Ideas Festival and Peninsula Music Festival, performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Phoenix Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with both the Boise Philharmonic and Tucson Symphony. In the winter of 2020, Ms. Birsan was slated to be the soprano soloist in Messiah with the Tucson Symphony (COVID19) and joined the Jacksonville Symphony for Messiah. In 2021, she joined Madison Opera for a recital, Chicago Opera Theater to sing 2nd Flower and covering the role of Beatriz in Daniel Catán’s La hija de Rappaccini and debuts at Opera Festival of Chicago as the title role in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna.
During the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Birsan went on for an ailing colleague at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Violetta in La Traviata for which SplashMags.com acclaimed “This opera is about Violetta, and the Lyric has a superb one here.” Additionally, Ms. Birsan performed Violetta with Nashville Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Illinois Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, and Louisiana Symphony, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Jacksonville Symphony, the title role in Rusalka with Madison Opera, Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Madison Symphony, and Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel with the Edinburgh International Festival.