About Emily Pogorelc

“lively, incisive soprano”

New York Times

Rising American soprano Emily Pogorelc is considered as one of the most gifted singers of her generation and is praised by critics and audience alike for her soaring, unique voice and her captivating stage presence. In her 2022/23 season, she stars as Amina in Semperoper Dresden’s new production of La Sonnambula, she debuts as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and makes role debuts as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmelites and Xenia in Boris Gudonov as an ensemble member of the Bayerische Staatsoper. She also appears as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel and the Vierte Magd in Elektra led by Maestro Vladimir Jurowski. Elsewhere, she appears as ein Hirt in Tännhäuser at the Salzburg Osterfestspiele as Norma in Marina Abramovic’s 7 Deaths of Maria Callas at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam and as a Blumenmädchen in Parsifal with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic. In concert and recital, she debuts at Mozartwoche 2023 with Alejandro Posada and the Orquesta Iberacademy Medellín in a program of Mozart arias, she performs a recital with Chris Reynolds at Vocal Arts DC in the Kennedy Center and makes her debut in Slovenia in a gala concert at the Cankarjev dom in Ljubljiana. She also appears in gala concerts around world with Rolando Villázon.

Photo by Kyle Flubacker

In 2022, Ms. Pogorelc became an Associate Artist with the The Mozartists in London and she returns to record their third volume in their acclaimed ‘Sturm und Drang’ series. This will recording will feature her in arias by Schweitzer and Paisiello.

During the 2021/2022 season, she returned to Bayerische Staatsoper where she will perform Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Musetta in La bohème, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, among other roles. As a guest artist, she debuted at the Glyndebourne Festival as Cherubino, while in concert she performed Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bertrand de Billy, Mozart concert arias in a concert with Rolando Villazon and the Luxembourg Philharmonie and a program of arias written and heard by Mozart in 1771 with Classical Opera in London. She also was a prize winner in the 2021 Operalia Competition at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Pogorelc, as part of her inaugural season as an Ensemble member with the Bayerische Staatsoper, sang Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Sofia in Il signor Bruschino, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Ein Liebespaar/Suor Genovieffa/Lauretta in Il Trittico, the soprano soloist in a Baroque concert presentation, Violetta Valéry in Marina Abramović’s 7 Deaths of Maria Callas and die Zaunschlüpfer in Walter Braufels’ Die Vögel

Cancellations resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic include Marzelline in Fidelio and Nannetta in Falstaff with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito with Bergen National Opera in Norway, and covering Morgana in Alcina with the Glyndebourne Festival.

A former member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Pogorelc was seen as Masha in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon and die Schleppträgerin in Strauss’s Elektra, and covered Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried and Woglinde in both Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung.

Before joining the Ryan Center, Ms. Pogorelc made her Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center debut, portraying Cunégonde to great acclaim in Francesca Zambello’s production of Bernstein’s Candide. She also sang Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes, Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Berenice in an English translation of Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro at the Glimmerglass Festival.

Off the operatic stage, Ms. Pogorelc has performed with Madison Symphony Orchestra as Mater Gloriosa in Mahler 8/ “Symphony of a Thousand” as well as their holiday season concert, soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony, soprano soloist in Faure’s Requiem at Fox Valley Orchestra, and 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. 

Passionate about performing new works, Ms. Pogorelc sang in the New York premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird as Chan Parker, Charlie’s fourth and final wife. The collaboration between Opera Philadelphia and the Apollo Theatre was especially significant as it was the first opera performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Additionally, it was broadcast on New York City’s classical music station, 105.9 WQXR (distributed nationally by the WFMT Radio Network). 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 Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrick’s opera, Breaking The Waves.

2021 Winner


2020 Luminarts Fellow

Ms Pogorelc is a 2018 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Mikael Eliasen and Julia Faulkner. She also has participated in residencies at Aix-en-Provence Festival (Mozart Académie) and the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme at Snape Maltings, in conjunction with the Aldeburgh Festival (Singing Britten Residency).

Committed to the tradition of art song, Ms. Pogorelc performed at the Chicago Cultural Center with pianist, Madeline Slettedahl and cellist, Sonia Mantell in conjunction with Musicians Club of Women in their 2019-20 recital series. She has performed in recital at Curtis Institute of Music, Chamber Music at Bethany, Chautauqua Institution and was selected as a competitor at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition with pianist, Chris Reynolds. She also has appeared in recital on the WFMT Ryan Opera Center recital series.

“Soprano Emily Pogorelc‘s instrument seemed to grow more penetrating as it ascended into the upper extension, while never losing beauty of tone; and the coloratura was both legato and precisely articulated, with phrase lengths that made me sympathetically gasp for air… Pogorelc is demonstrating mastery of her instrument and maturity in her stagecraft that belie her youth.”

Oliver Camacho, Vocal Arts Chicago

At the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup, Ms. Pogorelc was the youngest finalist and the recipient of The Ginette Theano Prize for Most Promising Talent. The competition was featured as part of the Sky Arts series, broadcast all over Europe and in the United States on Medici. In her 2019-20 season, Ms. Pogorelc was a semi-finalist in The 2019 Queen Sonja International Music Competition, receiving the honor of performing for Queen Sonja of Norway. She also was awarded the Lynne Cooper Harvey Foundation Award from the Musicians Club of Women and the 2020 Luminarts Classical Voice Fellowship.

Previously, Ms. 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 a proud native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.