American soprano Emily Birsan has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for her “fineness of expression...” and by the London Telegraph as singing with "radiant delicacy." She is a critically acclaimed recitalist and well known for her prominent interpretations of concert and operatic repertoire.
n the 2018-2019 season, she went on for an ailing colleague at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Violetta in La Traviata for which SplashMags.com acclaimed “This opera is about Violetta, and the Lyric has a superb one here." Additionally, she performed Violetta with Nashville Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Illinois Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, and Louisiana Symphony, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Jacksonville Symphony, the title role in Rusalka with Madison Opera, Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Madison Symphony, and Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel with the Edinburgh International Festival. The 2019-2020 season includes appearances with the Peninsula Music Festival, Mozart’s Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Phoenix Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic and Tucson Symphony.
Other recent engagements for Birsan include joining the Liverpool Symphony for a concert of Gershwin tunes, Violetta in La Traviata with Indianapolis Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, her debut with Welsh National Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, her return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Italian Singer in Capriccio, Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Florida Grand Opera, and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with the Edinburgh International Festival, among others.