Lauded for her "amazing mezzo-soprano voice with a lower extension that has to be heard to be believed," Emily Geller is a New York-based performer praised for her "effortless comic delivery." She is a versatile artist employing her rich and unique lower register and masterful acting skills in new works, opera and operetta, music theater, and oratorio. This season, Ms. Geller received rave reviews for creating the image-obsessed Hollywood Mother with a love for plastic surgery in the world premiere of Chunky in Heat with Experiments in Opera as a part of New York Opera Fest. Opera News praised her for the "layers of complexity" brought to her "seemingly shallow and emotionally stunted character". She was also featured as Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables with Westchester Symphonic Winds and as Manette (Sweethearts) with Victor Herbert Renaissance Project LIVE! Ms. Geller debuts the role of Desiree (A Little Night Music) at Tri Cities Opera,tours La traviata as Flora with Teatro Lirico d'Europa in 2020, and reprises her Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) at Opera New Hampshire. Further concert engagements include alto soloist in Handel's Messiah (OGCMA) and featured soloist for a concert with Career Bridges in Tuckahoe, NY.
Last season, Ms. Geller debuted Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with Teatro Lirico d'Europa, stepping into the role with a week's notice. She debuted St. Petersburg Opera singing Alma Hix while covering Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (The Music Man) and also covered Marthe (Faust) as an emerging artist. She joined Teatro Lirico d’Europa as Annina (La traviata) at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in a co-production between MidAtlantic Opera Company and NY Opera Collaborative. In summer 2017, she returned to Opera North as Hattie (Kiss me Kate) and Oreste (La belle Hélène) where her performance was praised as an “effervescent delight” while she “elicited peals of laughter from the audience." Other recent performances include Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) with Taconic Opera, the Witch (Hansel and Gretel) with Opera Pomme Rouge, and Verdi’s Macbeth with the late LoftOpera in Brooklyn. Previously at Opera North she performed Ma Moss in Copland's The Tender Land and Mrs. Emma Jones (Street Scene). She received much acclaim in her portrayal "as the loquacious, nosy neighbor Emma Jones, [who] comes dangerously close to stealing the show with her effortless comic delivery.” In April 2015, Ms. Geller performed with the Natchez Festival of Music singing Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Kate (The Pirates of Penzance).
As a two-year Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera she performed numerous roles including an "especially commended" Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) directed by David Lefkowich and conducted by Brian DeMaris, a "musically appealing" Mercédès (Carmen) alongside Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson, Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) directed by Martha Collins, and Ines (Il trovatore) directed by Laura Alley.
In 2012, Ms. Geller was chosen as a Tyler Young Artist with Opera on the James where she covered Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore) directed by Patricia Weinmann and sang The Wife in Richard Wargo's The Music Shop. Additionally, she has performed leading roles with numerous regional theater companies and summer festivals, including the Center for Contemporary Opera, New York Opera Forum, the Staten Island Philharmonic, CR Productions, Musiktheater Bavaria, One World Symphony, Amore Opera, Regina Opera Company, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Village Light Opera Group, College Light Opera Company, Intermezzo Opera, Rising Star Opera, the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Vocal Program.
Ms. Geller has been a semi-finalist in the Sally and Tony Amato Opera Competition, NATS Song and Aria Competition, and The Orpheus Vocal Competition, as well as in the Classical Singer Competition in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Concert soloist work includes Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Duruflé’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Handel’s Messiah.
She earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music under the Ruth S. Morse Scholarship, and holds a Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University, where she received a full assistantship and was awarded a professional development grant.
"Emily Geller was an effervescent delight..."
- Nicola Smith, Valley News
“Emily Geller, as the loquacious, nosy neighbor Emma Jones, comes dangerously close to stealing the show with her effortless comic delivery.”
- Nicola Smith, Valley News
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