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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 Jenufa and has since returned to sing Freia (Das Rheingold), Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) and the Empress (Die Frau ohne Schatten). She returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Sieglinde (Die Walküre) and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung).

Magee studied at Westminster Choir College, Indiana University, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Centre for American Artists. She has appeared at leading opera houses worldwide and at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals, working with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, 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) in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Naples, Empress for Hamburg State Opera, Leonora (La forza del destino) for Semperoper Dresden, Ariadne for Salzburg Festival, Arabella in Frankfurt, Liza (The Queen of Spades) in Barcelona, Chrysothemis for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Countess Madeleine for Paris Opéra and Salome with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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

Videos

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Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Johan Botha as the Emperor and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife, Michaela Schuster as Nurse and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

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

Elena Pankratova, Emily Magee, Falk Struckmann, Johan Botha and children in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Elena Pankratova and Emily Magee in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013

Emily Magee and actor in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Johan Reuter as Barak and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Emily Magee in Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Royal Opera

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee as the Empress and Michaela Schuster in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee as the Empress, Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife and Johan Reuter as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Emily Magee as the Empress and Johan Botha as the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Michaela Schuster as Nurse, Emily Magee as the Empress and Johan Botha as the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten

Elena Pankratova, Michaela Schuster, Emily Magee and Falk Struckmann in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013

Elena Pankratova, Michaela Schuste, Emily Magee and actors in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Stuart Skelton as Siegmund and Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Emily Magee as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, The Royal Opera

Emily Magee and actor in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013

Emily Magee and Michaela Schuster in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013

Emily Magee in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013

Emily Magee as the Empress and Johan Botha as the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten