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Emily Eisen




Soprano Emily Eisen maintains an active schedule of opera, concert, and recital engagements.  To open the 2012-2013 season, she will appear with New York Opera Forum as Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and cover Nanetta (Falstaff) for Philadelphia’s Poor Richard’s Opera.  Later in the fall, Ms. Eisen will return to the St. George Chamber Orchestra of Fredericksburg, Virginia for a concert performance of Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate (K. 165), debut the role of Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Center Stage Opera of Harrisburg, PA, and perform a chamber concert with members of the Philadelphia Classical Symphony.

This past season, Ms. Eisen joined the Philadelphia outreach company Children’s Opera Box to sing Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), debuted the role of Musetta (La bohème) with New York Opera Forum, and sang the First Witch (Dido and Aeneas) with Poor Richard’s Opera.  She appeared in concert with the St. George Chamber Orchestra singing Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata (BWV 211) and with the Philadelphia ensemble Vox Ama Deus as a featured soloist at their annual Bach Birthday Gala.  With pianist Laurie Rogers, she presented a program of American song at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, PA.

In prior seasons, Emily Eisen has sung Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and covered Norina (Don Pasquale) and Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) with Delaware Valley Opera Company. Her roles with New York Opera Forum include Nanetta, Gretel, Zerlina, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and Morgana (Alcina).
A devotee of the art song tradition thanks to her studies at the University of Oxford, Emily Eisen has performed as a recitalist both in the United States and in Europe. With pianist Feifei Zhang she gave a faculty recital at Philadelphia’s celebrated Settlement Music School and was a semi-finalist in the Philadelphia Lieder Society’s inaugural Liederabend competition.  In the spring of 2008 she gave a series of community recitals in the greater Philadelphia area with Sarah Childress, using the intimate setting as an opportunity for outreach.  From 2006 to 2007, she partnered with the rising British collaborative pianist Elizabeth Burgess to perform in historical venues in and around Oxford, England, including the Holywell Music Room, Christ Church Cathedral, and Jesus College Chapel.

Ms. Eisen maintains a keen interest in the works of living composers.  In September 2009 she sang the role of Senator Sessions in Melissa Dunphy’s The Gonzales Cantata, a production that received national acclaim in the media ranging from Rachel Maddow of MSNBC to The Wall Street Journal. Internationally recognized British composer Tim Benjamin wrote his String Quartet II for her and the Holywell String Quartet, which they premiered in May 2006 in Oxford, England.  Ms. Eisen has also premiered works by Deborah Pritchard in collaboration with the Allegri String Quartet and has performed Lewis Spratlan’s Images song cycle under the coaching of the composer.

Ms. Eisen currently resides in Philadelphia and studies with Ted Taylor.  She was a Resident Artist at the CoOPERAtive Program in July 2010. She holds an MPhil in Musicology and Performance from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Music from Amherst College.

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