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Emily Birsan

The American soprano Emily Birsan has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for her “fineness of expression...” and by the London Telegraph as singing with "radiant delicacy". She is a critically acclaimed recitalist, and an international interpreter of concert and operatic repertoire.

 A recent alumna of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, Emily covered the roles of Violetta, Lucia, Adele, Musetta, and Armida, among others. She sang the roles of Servillia in La Clemenza di Tito, which gained much acclaim, Xenia in Boris Godunov and the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, all at Lyric. Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Birsan has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts titled The Gershwin Legacy, as the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Mass in Eb with the Grant Park Symphony, Bach’sMatthäus-Passion as well as a concert of Bach Cantatas No. 22 and 32 with the Madison Bach Musicians, and triumphed in A Mirror on Which to Dwell by Elliot Carter at the Ravinia Festival in July of 2013. “…Birsan trace(d) the jagged intervals of Carter’s six settings of Elizabeth Bishop poems with amazing clarity of diction, accuracy of intonation and fineness of expression…”- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune 2013. She was also featured as a soloist on the Rush Hour Concert Seriesand has recorded arias for composer Jimmy Lopez’ new opera Bel Canto which will have its world premiere at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2015. Additionally, she is featured in the recording of The Saga of St. Olaf with Sir Andrew Davis and the Bergen Philharmonic.

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