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Emily Pogorelc


Praised for her “lively, incisive soprano” by the New York Times, Emily Pogorelc is currently a member of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the 2018/19 season, Emily will appear in Massenet’s Cendrillon and Strauss’s Elektra with the company and will cover in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Handel’s Ariodante and Wagner’s Siegfried. She will also sing the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in May 2019. Previously, Emily made her Opera Philadelphia debut in the New York premiere of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD as Chan Parker. She has also appeared at the Glimmerglass Festival as Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes, Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Berenice in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro. This year, Emily graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where she performed numerous roles, such as Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine, Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as making her Carnegie Hall debut with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Berio’s Sinfonia. Recently, Emily received The Ginette Theano Prize for Most Promising Talent, as well as being the youngest finalist of the first Glyndebourne Opera Cup. This year, she also was awarded first place at the Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition and grants from Opera Index and Gerda Lissner Lieder competition. She was the second place winner in the Upper-Midwest Region of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has been featured on National Public Radio’s, From the Top.
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