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Emily Richter is a lyric soprano based out of Chicago, IL.  Having benefited from growing up all over the world from Zimbabwe to Armenia and living in musical centers such as London and Tokyo, Emily truly has a global perspective on what it means to be an artist.

Soprano Emily Richter is a 2024 Grand Finals Winner of The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition.  She is thrilled to be joining the Ryan Opera Center Ensemble at the Lyric of Opera of Chicago for the 2024/2025 season. This season she will be covering Marzelline in Fidelio, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and Claire in Missy Mazzoli's new work The Listeners.  She will be making her Lyric Debut as 1st Peasant in Le Nozze di Figaro . The season also includes several exciting concerts with the Civic Orchestra at the Symphony Center in Chicago and in Millenium Park. As a 1st place winner of the 2023 Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition, she will be giving a recital in Pittsburgh as part of Pittsburgh Festival Opera's Legends in the Making Recital series.


Emily spent two seasons as a Resident Artist at  Pittsburgh Opera. In her 2023/2024 season, she performed the role of Iphigénie in Iphegénie en Tauride,Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Ma in Missy Mazzoli's contemporary opera Proving Up as well as covering the role of Violetta in La Traviata. For her first year with Pittsburgh Opera as a Resident Artist for the 2022/2023 Season, she covered the role of Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with a matinee performance and sang the roles of 2nd Sprite in Rusalka, Ginevra in Ariodante, and Ines in Il Trovatore. She made her Seattle Symphony Debut as the Soprano Soloist in Handel's Messiah as well as her Verdi's Requiem Debut with the Westmoreland Symphony. 


During her summers, she was an Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera in 2023 where she covered the role of Desdemona in Rossini's Otello.  In the 2022 Summer, Emily was an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera where she covered the role of Micaëla in Carmen and she sang the Act 1 Finale of Cosi fan Tutte as Fiordilgi in the Apprentice Scenes Program.

In the 2021/22 season at  McGill, Emily sang the role of Donna Anna in a Dracula-inspired production of Don Giovanni with Opera McGill. She enjoyed collaborating with  Grammy-nominated Luna Pearl Wolf's in her new opera The Limit of the Sun. In 2021 she made her Canadian debut as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw which won 1st place at the NOA's Opera Production Competition.  Additionally, in her time at McGill, she has been proud to perform and workshop new Canadian works including The Digital Opera Projects in collaboration with Tapestry Opera and workshopping the new opera Vanishing Point by Parisa Sabet and Nika Khanjani Rosadiuk in collaboration with Musique 3 Femmes. 

At Lawrence University, she performed the role of Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro.  She spent the summer of 2021 at Seagle Festival where she performed the roles of Noémie in Cendrillon and Hucklebee in The Fantasticks. In her time at Lawrence University and at Seagle Festival she performed a wide variety of Opera Scenes as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte, Magda in The Consul, Kostanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Violetta in La Traviata, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus

Emily is a 2024 Grand Finals Winner of The Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition. She additionally was named a 2023 Great Lakes Region 2nd Place Winner and was a 2020 and 2022 Met Laffont District Winner. Emily was the 2021 Wirth Prize Winner at McGill and was awarded $25,000 for an exemplary 30-minute program or song and opera repertoire. She was a first-place winner of the NOA Opera Scenes Competition for her performance as Nedda in I Pagliacci.  She was the 1st place winner of the 2023 Mildred Miller Competition

Emily has trained as an emerging professional in Young Artist Programs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago,  Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Central City Opera, and Seagle Festival. She is a graduate of  McGill University’s Schulich School of Music where she received an MM in Vocal and Opera Performance under the tutelage of Dominique Labelle. Emily received her BM in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University, where she studied with Steven Paul Spears.

Emily aims to bring not just elegant lyrical singing to the stage but also hopes to use her unique perspective to connect to her audience. When not singing, Emily can be found knitting, reading, doing yoga, and exploring the streets of whatever city she finds herself in!

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