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Emily Richter is a lyric soprano who shares her generous voice and spirit through soaring lines, sparkling tone, and open heart. 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.

She will be joining Pittsburgh Opera's Resident Artist Program this Fall for the 2022/2023 Season, covering the role of Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro and singing the roles of 2nd Sprite in Rusalka, Ginevra in Ariodante, and Ines in Il Trovatore. In the 2022 Summer, Emily is thrilled to make her Santa Fe Debut covering the role of Micaëla in Carmen as an Apprentice Artist. She will be singing the Act 1 Finale of Cosi fan Tutte as Fiordilgi in the Apprentice Scenes Program this August.

This past season at McGill, Emily sang  the role of Donna Anna in a Dracula-inspired production of Don Giovanni with Opera McGill. This past spring she enjoyed collaborating with  Grammy-nominated Luna Pearl Wolf's in her new opera 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 Candian 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. 

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 named a 2020 MONC Illinois District Winner and was awarded an Encouragement Award at the 2022 MONC Minnesota District. She was recently named a semi-finalist in the Camerata Bardi International Vocal Competition. 

Emily is a recent 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. She was a 2021 Emerging Artist at Seagle Festival. 

At Lawrence University, Emily was a first-place winner of the NOA Opera Scenes Competition for her performance as Nedda in I Pagliacci. That same year she performed the role of Countess in La Nozze di Figaro. 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, Costanze in Entführung aus dem Serail, Violetta in La Traviata, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus

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, dancing, and exploring the streets of whatever city she finds herself in!


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