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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 made her Royal Opera debut in 2001 as Jenůfa and has since returned to sing Freia (Das Rheingold), Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) and the Empress (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for The Royal Opera.

Magee studied at Westminster Choir College, Rider University, Indiana University, and 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, working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Riccardo Muti and Antonio Pappano. She is a renowned interpreter of Strauss roles, including the Empress, the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Chrysothemis (Elektra), Countess Madeleine (Capriccio) and the title roles in Arabella and Salome. Engagements include 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) for the Berlin State Opera. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Photos

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 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 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

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