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Emily Magee

In the 2018/19 season Emily Magee appears at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London as Sieglinde (role debut) and Gutrune at their Ring revival. At the Vienna State Opera Arabella is on the programme, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin she sings the role of Ghita in a new production of Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg before she can be heard at the Dresden State Opera as Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier. The season closes with various concerts: Mahler's 8th Symphony at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Lyrical Symphony at Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, concerto Walküre at Seoul Opera, concerto Frau ohne Schatten at the Verbier Festival, Gurre-Lieder with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Emily Magee was musically trained at Indiana University by the famous soprano Margaret Harshaw and won several singing competitions. Her debut as Fiordiligi jumping in for an ill colleague in Mozart's Così fan tutte at Chicago Lyric Opera in 1994, when she was still a member of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, marked her breakthrough. In 1996 she made her European debut in the same role at the Opéra national de Paris. Emily Magee first attracted international attention when in the same year she made her German debut as Elsa in a new production of Lohengrin at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim. She was then invited to make her debut at the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 1997 as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in a production by Wolfgang Wagner under the direction of Maestro Barenboim.

Subsequently her career took her to all leading opera houses, including Milan's Scala, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Zurich Opera House, Hamburg’s and Dresden’ State Operas, Berlin’s Opera Houses, Barcelona’s Liceu and at Paris Opera.  Emily Magee has worked with such renowned conductors as Marc Albrecht, Daniel Barenboim, Bruno Bartoletti, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Daniele Gatti, Sir Mark Elder, Mariss Jansons, Philipp Jordan, Zubin Mehta,  Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir  Anthony Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles , Jeffrey Tate,  Christian Thielemann , Juraj Valcuha and Franz Welser-Möst.

Among her great successes are the role of Marietta in a new production of Korngold's Die tote Stadt in Zurich, the revival of Lohengrin at the Hamburg State Opera and Eva in a new production of the Meistersinger in Florence with Zubin Mehta. She sang Elisabeth, Eva and Donna Elvira in Munich, followed by a new production of Verdi's Stiffelio at the Zurich Opera House.

Emily Magee can be seen in numerous filmed performances, including her debut as Tosca, with Jonas Kaufmann, from the Zurich Opera House.   

In 2008 Emily Magee made her debut as Arabella (conductor: Simone Young) at the Hamburg State Opera, followed by a new production of Fledermaus (conductor: Franz Welser-Möst) in Zurich and her debut as Daphne (conductor: Simone Young) at the Hamburg State Opera. In summer 2008 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Rusalka (D: Welser-Möst).

During the last seasons the artist appeared as Salome in a concert at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with Hessischer Rundfunk, with Verdi-Requiem at the Copenhagen Opera, Rachmaninov's The Bells at the BBC London, conducted by Maestro Bychkov. Emily Magee returned to the Vienna State Opera with La fanciulla del West, followed by a new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten (Empress) at the Hamburg State Opera, Gurre-Lieder with Mark Elder and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as well as concerts of Rienzi (Irene) in Budapest (Palace of Arts).

Among the projects in the 2017/18 season are: Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Vienna Konzerthaus, conducted by Philipp Jordan, her debut as Euryanthe at concerts with the Dresden Philharmonic. At the Dresden State Opera, Emily Magee debuts Leonora in the new production of La forza del destino (directed by Keith Warner). She also returns to the Bayreuth Festival as Eva/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Engagements in Bayreuth

YearOperaPart
2019Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva, Pogners Tochter
2018Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva, Pogners Tochter
2002Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva, Pogners Tochter
2001IX. SymphonieSopran
2001Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva, Pogners Tochter
2000Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva, Pogners Tochter
1999Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva, Pogners Tochter
1999LohengrinElsa von Brabant
1998Das RheingoldFreia
1998Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva, Pogners Tochter
1997Die Meistersinger von NürnbergEva, Pogners Tochter
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