About Emily Pogorelc

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Praised for her “lively, incisive soprano” by the New York Times, Ms. Pogorelc is currently an ensemble member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Ms. Pogorelc is currently finishing out the 2019-19 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing selections from Mozart’s Mitridate, Don Giovanni and Verdi’s Falstaff in the Rising Stars concert with the Lyric Opera orchestra. In May, she returns to Madison Symphony Orchestra to sing the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler 8 or “Symphony of a Thousand”.

In the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s upcoming 2019-20 season, Ms. Pogorelc sings Masha in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and covers Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfriend and Woglinde in both Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Götterdammerung.

In the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2018-19 season, Ms. Pogorelc performed the roles of Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon and the trainbearer in Strauss’s Elektra. She also covered the roles of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried and Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante

In Ms Pogorelc’s 2017-18 season, she debuted with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Madison Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as making her Washington National Opera debut as Cunégonde in Francesca Zambello’s production of Candide. She was a participant in the Mozart Residency at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Emily is the recipient of The Ginette Theano Prize for Most Promising Talent, as well as being the youngest finalist of the first ever Glyndebourne Opera Cup. She was featured as part of the Sky Arts series, broadcast all over Europe and in the United States on Medici.

As a young artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, Ms Pogorelc starred in Handel’s Xerxes, where she “found a tragic nobility in Romilda and her elegant, poised vocal impersonation was an aural delight” (OperaCanada). She also performed as Johanna Barker in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Berenice in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro and covered Laurey in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Passionate about performing new works, with Opera Philadelphia, Pogorelc sang in the New York premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird as Chan Parker, Charlie’s fourth and final wife. The performances were especially significant as it was the first opera performed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and broadcast on classical stations nationwide. In addition to Yardbird, Emily was a part of Opera Philadelphia’s second Double Exposure performance, singing the title role in David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf. As a part of Opera Philadelphia’s composer-in-residence program, Emily performed in a live-streamed masterclass with Dawn Upshaw, singing an aria from the majorly successful new opera by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrick, Breaking The Waves.

Ms Pogorelc is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Mikael Eliasen andJulia Faulkner. During her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Pogorelc performed as Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine, Lucia in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Le Feu in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohéme, as well as appearing in numerous recitals. She was also a soloist for Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, traveling to perform at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Ludovic Morlot. 

In addition to The Ginette Theano Prize at Glyndebourne Cup, Pogorelc received first prize in The Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, first place in the Hal Leonard Art Song Competition, a grant from the Gerda Lissner/Liederkranz Foundation’s Lieder/Art Song competition, and an Emerging Artist Award from Opera Index. In the 2017 competition, she took second place in the Upper-Midwest Region of the Metropolitan National Opera Council Auditions. She has also won first place in numerous competitions, including Classical Singer Magazine Competition, The Schmidt Competition, The American Prize, and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Art Song Festival. She is the 2014 Gold Award winner in the Classical Voice division at NFAA YoungArts and in June 2014, she was featured on National Public Radio’s, From the Top. 

Ms. Pogorelc is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.