Praised as “delightfully over the top” and “most enjoyable to watch and listen to”, Emily Geller is a young up-and-coming mezzo-soprano hailing from Long Island, NY. This summer she returned to Opera North to perform Ma Moss in Copland’s The Tender Land conducted by Michael Sakir. In April 2015, Ms. Geller performed with the Natchez Festival of Music in Mississippi singing Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. Last summer at Opera North she covered Flora Bervoix in Verdi’s La traviata and performed Mrs. Emma Jones in Street Scene, both directed by Marc Astafan. 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.” Upcoming engagements include the First Maid in Strauss’s Elektra with New York Opera Forum.
As a two-year Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera she performed numerous roles including: an “especially commended” Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus directed by David Lefkowich and conducted by Brian DeMaris; a “musically appealing” Mercédès in Carmen alongside Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana directed by Martha Collins, and Ines in 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 in 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, The Staten Island Philharmonic, C-R Productions, Music Theater Bavaria, One World Symphony, Amore Opera, Regina Opera, NY Lyric Opera Company, 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 Orpheus National Vocal Competition, as well as in the Classical Singer Competition in both the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Concert soloist work includes 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.