Biography

Soprano Emily Eisen maintains an active schedule of concert, recital, and opera engagements.

Her recent opera performances include Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Center Stage Opera of Harrisburg, PA, Nanetta (cover, Falstaff) with Philadelphia’s Poor Richard’s Opera, and Adina (L’elisir d’amore) with New York Opera Forum. She has also sung Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) with the outreach company Children’s Opera Box, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Delaware Valley Opera Company, and the First Witch (Dido and Aeneas) with Poor Richard’s Opera. With New York Opera Forum, her roles include Nanetta, Gretel, Zerlina, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Morgana (Alcina), and Musetta (La bohème).

On the concert stage, Ms. Eisen has been a soloist with Vox Ama Deus and the Vox Renaissance Consort. Featured performances include selections from Bach’s Mass in B minor and Matthäus-Passion at the 2012 Bach Birthday Gala, the first soprano solos in Monteverdi’s Magnificat a Sei Voci (Vespers of 1610), and solo cantatas by Schütz. Ms. Eisen also regularly appears with the St. George Chamber Orchestra of Fredericksburg, Virginia, where her repertoire includes Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate (K. 165) and Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata (BWV 211).

A devotee of the art song tradition thanks to her studies at the University of Oxford, Emily Eisen has given recitals in the United States and in Europe. With pianist Laurie Rogers, she performed on the Woodmere Art Museum’s “Classical Sundays” series and at Pendle Hill’s New Year’s Eve Retreat in Warrington, PA. In 2011 she gave a faculty recital at Philadelphia’s celebrated Settlement Music School and was a semi-finalist in the Philadelphia Lieder Society’s inaugural Liederabend competition with Feifei Zhang, piano. While at Oxford, she partnered with the rising British collaborative pianist Elizabeth Burgess to perform in historical venues including the Holywell Music Room, Christ Church Cathedral, and Jesus College Chapel.

Emily Eisen maintains a keen interest in the works of living composers. In September 2009 she sang the role of Senator Sessions in Melissa Dunphy’s The Gonzales Cantata, a production that received national acclaim in the media ranging from Rachel Maddow of MSNBC to The Wall Street Journal. The British composer Tim Benjamin wrote his String Quartet II for her and the Holywell String Quartet, which they premiered in May 2006 in Oxford, England. Ms. Eisen has also premiered works by Deborah Pritchard in collaboration with the Allegri String Quartet and has performed Lewis Spratlan’s Images song cycle under the coaching of the composer.

A Resident Artist at the CoOPERAtive Program in July 2010, Ms. Eisen holds an MPhil in Musicology and Performance from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Music from Amherst College. She maintains an active teaching studio.