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 her performances of Alessandro in Eliogabalo, Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker, “Emily Grace Righter stood out for her impassioned, idiomatic delivery of the role of
Alessandro. Her Act I lament ‘Misero cosi va’ was the musical highlight of the night.” The multi-talented Ms. Righter is gifted not only in opera, but in jazz, musical theater, art song and chamber music. In 2015, Ms. Righter gave several master classes and workshops at prestigious universities along with a Guest Artist Series recital at Mercyhurst University. Most recently, Ms. Righter was heard as the Mezzo Soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater (Wayne, PA). Upcoming performances include Verdi’s Requiem (Philadelphia), John Rutter’s Magnificat with the Concord Chamber Singers (Nazareth, PA), and Emily will be making her Tampa Opera debut as Angelina in La Cenerentola in February 2017. Ms. Righter will also be heard at various benefit concerts throughout 2016.
Ms. Righter’s many 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, Turkey), Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. At the Landestheater, she also created 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 Summer Festival of the Tyrolean Festspielhaus in Austria, 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. To conclude the 2013 Festival, Ms. Righter performed a ‘night of jazz’ and a liederabend with renowned baritone Michael Kupfer. The following season she returned to the Festpsielhaus to perform a jazz concert of classics and popular favorites alongside world-renowned drummer Pete York and pianist Johnny Schütten. At the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Ms. Righter performed the role of Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw, and the same season made her debut in Tyrol, Austria and Trento, Italy as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Maestro Gustav Kuhn. In 2010, Ms. Righter was chosen for the Young Singers Project (YSP) at the Salzburger Festspielhaus (Austria) and covered the roles Stephano in Romeo et Juliette and Die Garderobiere/Der Gymnasiast in Lulu. There, she was chosen to sing in master classes led by mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, contralto Marjana Liposvek and director Cristina Mazzavillani. For the final YSP Scenes Concert, Ms Righter and the young artists worked under Maestro Ivor Bolton.
In the U.S., Ms. Righter made her New York City Opera debut in 2013 singing Amenofi in Mosé in Egitto, and she has made national professional debuts at the Santa Fe Opera, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Opera Theater and Vero Beach Opera. She appeared in the role of Alessandro in Eliogabalo with the Gotham Chamber Opera (New York City) and as Stephano in Romeo et Juliette at Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington D.C. Her U.S. concert appearances include performances with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society as the mezzo soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and with tenor Marcello Giordani in the Marcello Giordani Fundraising Gala Concert in New York City. Ms. Righter received her master’s degree in opera performance at Yale University in 2009 and her B.F.A. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007.