Director, Bucknell Opera Company

Educational Background

  • D.M.A in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Artist Diploma, Academy of Vocal Arts
  • B.M. cum laude in Vocal Performance, Boston University

American 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 of a wide variety of operatic roles and concert repertoire, including Liù in Turandot (Opera Nevada) and Micaela in Carmen (Opera Grand Rapids), Violetta in La Traviata (Amarillo Opera and University of Colorado), and Fiordigligi in Cosi Fan Tutte (Chautauqua Opera). Performing with such companies as The Santa Fe Opera (Peter Grimes), Palm Beach Opera (Thâis), Skylight Music Theater (Midnight Angel, The Little Prince, Don Giovanni, and Rosina), Ms. Martin is equally at home in all genres.

The 2015-16 season finds Ms. Martin developing and performing the world premiere of the role of Martha Jefferson in Monticello Wakes by Garrett Fisher in Los Angeles, CA. She will also perform recitals for Augustana College, the Fine Tuned Arts Society in Boulder, Colorado, and for The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. Emily was also recently asked to join the Fisher Ensemble as a performing member.

Last season (2013-14), Ms. Martin sang various recitals, including an appearance on the Fox Island Concert Series in Maine which included the songs of Robert Spillman, based on the poetry of Alice N. Persons and Jane Kenyon. Ms. Martin also enjoyed singing for the first time Whitbourn's Annelies with the Bucknell Concert Chorale and finished off the season with a recital of all Mozart songs with Sezi Seskir. Other recent highlights include performances on the Susquehanna Valley Chorale Christmas Concert (2014), Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the Larimer Chorale (2012) and Strauss' Vier letze Lieder (Four Last Songs) with the University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Colorado (2011). In other seasons she also sang principal roles in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Colorado), La Boheme (Birmingham Opera), Of Mice and Men (Grand Rapids Opera), Hansel and Gretel (Chautauqua Opera), and Susannah (University of Colorado) among others.

As an orchestral concert soloist, Ms. Martin made her début at Carnegie Hall in Handel's Messiah with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and has been a featured soloist in Mozart's Requiem (Greely Philharmonic Orchestra), Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Greely Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (Fargo-Moorhead Symphony), Rutter's Requiem (Connecticut Master Chorale), Bach's Mass in b minor (Syracuse Symphony), Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Anchorage Festival of Music) and Handel's Judas Maccabaeus (Connecticut Master Chorale). Ms. Martin has also enjoys performing pops concerts and has sung Dave Grusin's Pavane Op. 50, at the Conference for World Affairs with the composer on piano.

A native of Connecticut, Ms. Martin received her training at Boston University, the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and the University of Colorado at Boulder followed by participation 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. She was the winner of the Concerto Competition at the University of Colorado, winner of the Opera Longview International Singer Award, Finalist in the Llangollen International Singer Eisteddfod, which included an appearance on Welsh National Television with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yves
Abel, winner of the Viva Voce Award from Opera Index, Outstanding Young Artist Award at Chautauqua Opera, second place Winner at the Mario Lanza Awards, and presented with a development award from the Metropolitan Opera New England Region. Ms. Martin currently resides in Pennsylvania where she is Voice Area Coordinator and Director of Bucknell Opera Theatre at Bucknell University.




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