"The production’s “poor, pale Rusalka” was soprano Emily Birsan in a captivating role debut. The famous “Song to the Moon” revealed the soprano’s lovely lyric instrument and aptitude for intelligent phrasing straightaway; but it was in her anguished narrative “Ó marno,...


"But the stage belonged to the women. Emily Birsan. . . as Rusalka was a study in subtle shadings of her expressive soprano voice . . . She is a powerful singer and convincing actress who was engaging to watch and to hear. . . The villainous Foreign Princess portrayed...


"Birsan turned in an impressive performance as the doomed courtesan, one that will likely become even more assured should she be required to sing additional dates over the rest of the run." – Chicago Classical Review

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"American soprano and Ryan Center al...


"Though one of the great problems of Don Giovanni is that there is so much – musically and psychologically – to eclipse the Don at his own party. Mozart gives some of his most inward and tender music to Donna Elvira and Donna Anna, and the latter’s accompanied recitati...


"The soprano Emily Birsan was silvery clear" -The Times 

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"Soloists Ben Johnson and Emily Birsan impressed, not least in their bright-timbre but in the apparent ease with which they dispatched their unforgiving vocal lines: “O blessed Jesu” is littered w...

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