American lyric soprano Emily Martin has regularly received acclaim for her “enchanting iridescence” (The Sarasota Herald Tribune), and has been called “dramatically energetic and skillful” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). Her “acting ability, seamlessly interwoven with her singing” (Charlotte Herald-Tribune) is apparent in her performances with such companies as the Santa Fe Opera (Peter Grimes), Palm Beach Opera (Thâis), Nevada Opera (Turandot), Chautauqua Opera (Cosi Fan Tutte), and Skylight Music Theatre (Midnight Angel, The Little Prince, Don Giovanni, and Rosina), among others.
Upcoming 2019-2020 season projects include masterclasses and performances at McMaster University, artist in residence with Centennial Secondary School Arts Program (Belleville, ON) and working with emerging composers, singers and pianists in developing new vocal repertoire through Green Room Sound Collective.
The 2018/19 season found Ms. Martin singing a concert of Offenbach with Choral Arts Sarasota, making concert debuts in London and Western Canada, and performing a recital celebrating Bernstein’s centennial at the US Embassy in Austria at the Amerika Haus.
During a busy 2017/18 season, Ms. Martin sang concerts around the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the world premiere of Emilie LeBel’s Blue of the Distance with the trio she co-founded Women on the Verge. Concerts in Paris, New York, Texas, Perth, Toronto, and Maine rounded out the season.
The 2016/17 season featured Ms. Martin in opera, concert and recital repertoire around the United States. Opera performances included Alice Ford (Falstaff) with Opera on the James, and as part of the Fisher Ensemble, she created the world premiere roles of Mary the Mother (The Passion Trilogy) and Martha Jefferson (Monticello Wakes) by Garrett Fisher, both in Los Angeles, CA. Last season’s concert repertoire also included the role of Joan of Arc (Einhorn Voices of Light) with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.
In recent seasons she was the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah (New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall), Whitbourn’s Annelise (Bucknell University Choir), Beethoven 9th and Mozart’s Requiem (Greely Philharmonic, CO)Brahms Requiem (Larimer Chorale, CO) Bach B Minor Mass and Gershwin Gala (Syracuse Symphony), Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Fargo-Moorhead Symphony), Strauss Vier Letze Lieder (University Symphony Orchestra, Boulder, CO), Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Anchorage Festival of Music) Handel Judas Maccabaeus and Rutter Requiem (Connecticut Master Chorale), Charlotte Symphony, and Opera Grand Rapids Orchestra Gala.
Ms. Martin is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder (DMA), the Academy of Vocal Arts (Performance Certificate), and Boston University (BM). She was awarded the Spencer Award Fellowship at CU Boulder, the highest award given to a graduate student. In the past season, Ms. Martin was a Finalist in the International Vocal Vissi D’Arte Competition in Prague and the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Voice Competition.
As a Finalist in the Llangollen International Singer Eisteddfod, she appeared on Welsh National Television with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under the baton of Yves Abel. She has participated in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers, the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program, the Virginia Opera Emerging Artist Program, and as a Phyllis Curtin Seminarian at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Ms. Martin is on the faculty of Bucknell University as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bucknell Opera Theatre. She has conducted masterclasses for young singers in United Kingdom, Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, and across North America at the University of Toronto, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech University, University of Mississippi, University of Toronto Annual Choral Symposium, and Augustana College. In 2012, Ms. Martin was one of 12 voice teachers from across the country selected for the prestigious National Association Teachers of Singing (NATS) Internship Program.