(on leave spring 2018)

Director, Bucknell Opera Theatre

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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 with such companies as The Santa Fe Opera (Peter Grimes), Palm Beach Opera (Thâis), Opera Nevada (Turandot), Chautauqua Opera (Cosi Fan Tutte), and Skylight Music Theater (Midnight Angel, The Little Prince, Don Giovanni, and Rosina), among others.

The 2017-2018 season finds Ms. Martin in concert and recital performances around the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Beginning with an appearance on the recital series of the Quinte Society for Chamber Music in Ontario, Ms. Martin will be performing two different recital programs in Memphis, New York, Maine, Mississippi, Texas, Toronto, and Paris in the upcoming year.  The first program, Home, is a collection of songs about immigrants and displaced people.  It includes traditional art song, both Wolf's Mignon Lieder and Dvorak's Gypsy Songs in Czech, and Alan Smith's immigrant recollections of Ellis Island and their trip from Europe to America.  

The second program features the newly formed trio, Women on the Verge, with Ms. Martin, and Canadians Elizabeth McDonald and Kathryn Tremills.  The formation of the trio stems from the mutual desire to tell the stories of women's lives both past and present.  Works on the recital include pieces by Mozart, Duparc, Larsen, Aldridge, among others.  The trio has also commissioned a new work by Canadian composer Emilie LeBel to be premiered at the Canadian Music Center in Toronto in March 2018.  

Concert performances for 2018 also include Ms. Martin as the featured soloist in Brahms' Requiem with the Choral Artists of Sarasota.  Ms. Martin was also named a finalist in the International Vocal Competition Vissi D´Arte 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic.  

The 2016-17 season featured Ms. Martin in opera, concert and recital repertoire around the United States.  Opera performances included Alice Ford in Falstaff with Opera on the James and the world premiere of Garrett Fisher's The Passion Trilogy in Los Angeles, CA.  Ms. Martin also performed the role of Joan of Arc in Einhorn's Voices of Light with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale.  Recital appearances at Virginia Tech University and with the Civic Morning Musical Recital Series round out the season.  In  Fall 2016, Ms. Martin was announced as a finalist in the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Voice.   

Last season (2015-2016) Ms. Martin developed and performed the world premiere of the role of Martha Jefferson in Monticello Wakes by Garrett Fisher in Los Angeles, CA.  She also performed recitals for St George's Cathedral Recital Series in Kingston, Ontario, Augustana College, the Fine Tuned Arts Society in Boulder, Colorado, and for The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.   

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 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 Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bucknell Opera Theatre at Bucknell University.

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