Critically acclaimed soprano Emily Birsan is known for her prominent interpretations of concert and operatic repertoire. In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Birsan made role debuts as Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with Madison Opera, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Boston Lyric Opera, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Florentine Opera. She appeared in concert with Melbourne Symphony singing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, the Chicago Philharmonic, and was featured with the BBC Symphony in London singing Bliss’ Beatitudes. The 2017-2018 season also includes joining the Liverpool Symphony in concert, Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and her return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for I puritani. Recent highlghts include the Italian Singer in Capriccio with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Leila in The Pearl Fishers with Florida Grand Opera, and Anne Trulove in A Rake’s Progress with the Edinburgh International Festival. Her critically acclaimed performances on the concert stage included Elgar with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, Verdi and Puccini with the Knoxville Symphony and, most recently, her Carnegie Hall debut with Mozart Mass in C minor. As a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, Emily covered the roles of Violetta, Lucia, Adele, Musetta, and Armida, and received critical praise as Servillia in La Clemenza di Tito, Xenia in Boris Godunov and the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel.