Entering her third year at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music and continuing her studies with Julia Faulkner, Soprano Emily Pogorelc comes back for an exciting 2016-2017 season with Curtis Opera Theatre. In October, Emily will perform as the Fire (Le Feu) in a concert version of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Corrado Rovaris. Next, she will appear as Lucia in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and finally, as Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine. Ending the season with a return as a young artist to the Glimmerglass Festival, Emily will perform the role of Romilda in their new production of Xerxes, as well as cover Laurie in Oklahoma.
Emily recently was a winner of the Wisconsin District of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. The winners of the Wisconsin district advance to the Upper-Midwest regionals taking place in Minnesota in Feb 2017. Emily also was the recipient of the People’s Choice award and the Bel Canto award, receiving a contract to perform as a guest soloist on Bel Canto Chorus’s 2017-18 season
Praised for her “lively, incisive soprano” by the New York Times, Emily stepped into the role of Chan Parker in the New York premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD at the historic Apollo Theatre, in conjunction with Opera Philadelphia, last season. Other performances included an appearance with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia as the winner of the 2015 Irving Ludwig Youth Competition and performing in Opera Philadelphia’s Double Exposure, in the title role in The Rose Elf by David Hertzberg.
As a young artist with the 2016 Glimmerglass Festival, Emily performed as Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Berenice in Lost Luggage (Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro) and covered the roles of Ruth Putnam and Sarah Good in Robert Ward’s The Crucible.
As a Curtis Opera Student, performances include Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme and Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as well as appearing in their productions of Iolanta, Gianni Schicchi, and The Rake’s Progress. Emily also had the great opportunity to perform Berio’s Sinfonia with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at both Carnegie Hall and Verzion Hall in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center
In Opera Philadelphia’s Composer-in-Residence Masterclass with Dawn Upshaw, Emily was featured singing an aria from the new chamber opera, Breaking the Waves, by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek. She also attended Chautauqua Institute’s summer voice program in summer of 2015, where she sang the role of Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante.
While still in high school, Emily performed roles such as Cis in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring with the Florentine Opera and Anne Egerman in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Windfall Theatre. She covered the role of Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Skylight Opera. She also performed the role of Fanny in Rossini’s La Cambiale de Matrimonio with La Musica Lirica. Emily won first place in numerous competitions, including Classical Singer Magazine Competition, The Schmidt Competition, The American Prize, and the Hal Leonard Art Song Competition. 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.
Emily is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.