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Emily Magee

Soprano

Biography

Emily Magee in action.
Emily Magee in Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

American soprano Emily Magee sings Empress (Die Frau ohne Schatten) at the Royal Opera House in the 2013/14 Season. She has previously appeared for The Royal Opera in the title role of Jenufa, and as Freia (Das Rheingold) and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung).

Magee was educated at Westminster Choir College, Rider University, and at Indiana University, and spent time as a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Centre for American Artists. She has appeared at many leading opera houses worldwide and at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals, singing under conductors including Barenboim, Levine, Muti and Pappano. She is a regular interpreter of Strauss roles including Empress, the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Chrysothemis (Elektra), Countess Madeleine (Capriccio) and the title roles in Arabella and Salome. Since 2010 her appearances have included Arabella and Tosca for Vienna State Opera, Minnie (La fanciulla del West) and Ursula (Mathis der Mahler) in Zürich, Empress for La Scala, Milan, Elsa (Lohengrin) in Munich, Chicago and Bucharest, Ariadne for Salzburg Festival, Arabella in Frankfurt, Liza (The Queen of Spades) in Barcelona, Chrysothemis for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Countess Madeleine for Opéra de Lyon.

Magee’s discography includes, on DVD, Tosca, Ariadne and Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) with Zürich Opera and Elsa (Lohengrin) and Liza in Barcelona, and, on CD, Elsa and Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) from the Berlin State Opera. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Emily Magee as the Empress , Johan Botha as the Emperor, Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife and Johan Reuter as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress and Johan Botha as the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee in Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress and Michaela Schuster in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress, Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife and Johan Reuter as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Johan Botha as the Emperor and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Johan Reuter as Barak and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife, Michaela Schuster as Nurse and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress, Michaela Schuster as Nurse and Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Johan Reuter as Barak, Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michaela Schuster as Nurse and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress and Johan Botha as the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michaela Schuster as Nurse, Emily Magee as the Empress and Johan Botha as the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Elena Pankratova, Emily Magee, Falk Struckmann, Johan Botha and children in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Emily Magee and actor in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Emily Magee and Michaela Schuster in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Emily Magee and actor in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Elena Pankratova, Michaela Schuster, Emily Magee and Falk Struckmann in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Elena Pankratova, Michaela Schuste, Emily Magee and actors in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Elena Pankratova and Emily Magee in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Emily Magee in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Emily Magee