EMILY GOLDEN, mezzo-soprano
The New York Times has described Emily Golden’s voice as “lustrously dark” and her performances as “positively virtuosic”. She has built her reputation as a consummate singing actress both in the U.S. and abroad in repertoire encompassing the Baroque to the Contemporary. Emily Golden has sung with the leading opera companies of the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Washington Opera, the Atlanta, Cleveland, Santa Fe and Cincinnati Operas, as well as with the Opera National de Paris, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Frankfurt Opera, the Netherlands Opera, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, l’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Torino, L’Opera du Rhin Strasbourg, L’Opera de Nice, Montpellier, Nantes, Monte Carlo, the Canadian Opera Company, the Saito Kinen Festival etc.
Her many acclaimed interpretations include the title role of Carmen, which she has sung over 300 times worldwide, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Clairon in Capriccio, Klytemnestra in Elektra, Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore and Countess Geschwitz in Lulu. She has created major roles in several world premiere operas, three of which were featured on international television: McTeague by William Bolcom, Salammbo by Philippe Fenelon and Oedipus by Wolfgang Rihm.
On the concert stage, Emily Golden has performed with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Colorado, Baltimore, New Jersey, American, Kansas City and Greensboro Symphonies, the Israel Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. Recitals have been under the auspices of Great Performers at Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series. She has recorded for Albany Records, Newport Classics and the Musical Heritage Society.
A native New Yorker, Emily Golden received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, following earlier studies in voice, piano and horn at the Juilliard School. She has won several prestigious voice competitions, including the G. B. Dealey Award, and made her debut at the age of 21 at the Metropolitan Opera. She resides in New Hope, PA and maintains private voice studios in Philadelphia and Bucks County.