Soprano Emily Duncan-Brown is thrilling audiences with her “warm, rich middle, a shimmering, flexible top, excellent control… and her exquisitely beautiful delivery.” This season, Emily joined the ensemble of the Dresden Semperoper where she performed Gretel, Adele in Fledermaus, Giannetta in L’elisir D’amore and Barbarina, while also returning to the US for her debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis for Smetana’s The Kiss. This season she also performed La Traviata with Opera in Williamsburg, and Juliette with Lyric Opera Virginia.
Next season at the Semperoper in Dresden she will perform Violetta in la Traviata, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Micaela in Carmen. Her 2011-2012 engagements included her debut as Gounod’s Juliette with Palm Beach Opera, Violetta with Lyric Opera of Virginia, Rienzi with Opera Orchestra of New York, Norina with the Green Mountain Opera Festival, and Lucy in The Telephone with Opera in Williamsburg.
In the 2010-2011 season she covered the role of Inez in L'Africaine with Opera Orchestra of New York, performed Alice Ford in Falstaff with Mannes Opera, and was Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore with International Vocal Arts Institute. Other previous credits include Violetta in La Traviata, Blanche de la Force in the Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Despina in Cosi fan tutte with the Mannes Opera Theatre. Her portrayal of Blanche in the Dialogues of the Carmelites was warmly praised by the New York Times, stating, "she sang with radiant tone and superb diction." She has performed in La Traviata and La Tragedie de Carmen with the International Vocal Arts Institute and Nella in Gianni Schicchi at Opera McGill. With Opera in Concert, Emily sang the role of Clarissa in Die Drei Pintos, and the title role in The Merry Widow with Toronto Operetta Theatre. Emily also performed the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos at Tanglewood Music Center, under the baton of Maestro Christoph von Dohnanyi, and has been featured in concert at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Emily has been the recipient of numerous honors, recently winning first place in the New England Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has also won Second Place Awards from the Gerda Lissner and Guilio Gari International Voice Competitions. She is a Grant Winner from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and an Encouragement Grant winner from the George London Foundation.
Miss Duncan-Brown holds a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University, a Masters degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College.