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 City-based performer praised for her "effortless comic delivery." A uniquely versatile artist, she has established herself as a performer to watch in opera, operetta, new music, musical theater, and oratorio.
Last season, Ms. Geller garnered rave reviews for creating the role of Sylvia, an image-obsessed Hollywood mother in the world premiere of Chunky in Heat with Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous as a part of New York Opera Fest. Opera News singled her out for the "layers of complexity" she brought to her "seemingly shallow and emotionally stunted character.” She recently toured the East Coast as Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Flora (La traviata) with Teatro Lirico d'Europa, including collaborations with Opera New Hampshire and Palmetto Opera. Ms. Geller was also featured as the Alto Soloist in Handel's Messiah with the MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra in The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. Additional concert work this season includes Alto Soloist in “Meeting of the Masters” with the Westchester Oratorio Society presenting works of Bach and Mozart, “Songs of a Traveler” solo recital at The Long Island Children’s Museum presented by Chamber Players International, and Featured Soloist in “Opera Night”, presented by Career Bridges NY.
Before COVID-19, Ms. Geller’s busy 2020-2021 season included a return to Newport Music Festival for “A Summer Evening at Castle Hill” after performing in their winter concert, “A Musical Christmas”. Other canceled performances include her debut as Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music at Tri-Cities Opera, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Teatro Lirico d’Europa, and Florence Pike in Albert Herring at Penn Square Music Festival.
Recent notable concert soloist work includes Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium, Duruflé’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Handel’s Messiah at companies across the United States.
Ms. Geller has been a Resident Artist at Opera North, Opera on the James, and Tri-Cities Opera. As an audience favorite, Ms. Geller returned to Opera North several times, performing Ma Moss (The Tender Land), Mrs. Jones (Street Scene), Hattie (Kiss Me, Kate), and Oreste (La belle Hélène). After covering Marthe (Faust) at St. Petersburg Opera, she was invited back as a Principal Artist, appearing as Alma Hix and covering Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (The Music Man). As a two-year Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, she performed Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Mercédès (Carmen), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) and Ines (Il trovatore).
Ms. Geller earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University.
"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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