Accomplished mezzo-soprano, Emily Righter has been enchanting audiences “...with her gorgeously controlled mezzo voice and emotive, physically adept presence to match.” (The Star-Ledger). After having performed in NYC Gotham Chamber Opera’s Eliogabalo, Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker, “Emily Grace Righter stood out for her impassioned, idiomatic delivery of the role of Alessandro. Most recently, Ms. Righter made an extremely successful debut with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance singing the role of Carmen. Prior to this, Ms. Righter made her debut as Angelina in Opera Tampa’s La Cenerentola. She was recently heard at Carnegie Hall and in Philadelphia as the mezzo soprano soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater, Verdi's Requiem and John Rutter's Magnificat. Ms. Righter will be singing Cherubino in Opera Tampa’s Le Nozze di Figaro in March 2018.
Emily’s various European performances include roles at the Salzburger Landestheater in Austria, where she appeared as Jacqueline in La Cage aux Folles, Dardané in Pilgrims from Mecca (performed also in Istanbul), Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. At the Landestheater, she also performed the role of Sophia in the German-translated premier of Sound of Music, along with roles as Tisbe (whilst covering Angelina) in La Cenerentola, Clomiri in Imeneo, Flora in La Traviata, and Margaret in Wozzeck. At the Tyrolean Festspielhaus in Austria under the baton of Maestro Gustav Kuhn, she has been seen as Flora in La Traviata, Ines in Il Trovatore, and Maddalena in Rigoletto, and was the Alto Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. At the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Ms. Righter debuted the role of Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw, and in the same season, she made her debut in Tyrol and Trento, Italy as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2010, Ms. Righter was chosen for the Young Singers Project (YSP) at the Salzburger Festspielhaus and covered the roles Stephano in Romeo et Juliette and Die Garderobiere/Der Gymnasiast in Lulu.
In the U.S., Ms. Righter made her NYCO debut in 2013 singing Amenofi in Mosé in Egitto, and she has made several other national professional debuts at the Santa Fe Opera, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Opera Theater and Vero Beach Opera. Her U.S. concert appearances include performances with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society as the mezzo soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, the Marcello Giordani Fundraising Gala Concert in New York City, along with various benefit concerts supporting victims of homelessness.
Ms. Righter received her master’s degree in opera performance at Yale University and her B.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon University.