Accomplished mezzo-soprano, Emily Righter has been enchanting audiences “...with her gorgeously controlled mezzo voice and emotive, physically adept presence to match.” (The Star- Ledger). Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker, “Emily Grace Righter stood out for her impassioned, idiomatic delivery of the role of Alessandro.
Ms. Righter was most recently seen and heard in Belgium as Carmen in Carmen; Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Tampa); Louise in the world premiere of Michael Ching’s Anna Hunter at Sherrill Milnes’ Savannah Voice Festival; Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera in Williamsburg and Carmen in Carmen at Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. In 2017, Emily made her Tampa Opera debut as Angelina in La Cenerentola. Prior to that, Ms. Righter was also heard at Carnegie Hall and in Philadelphia as the Mezzo Soprano soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater, Verdi's Requiem and John Rutter's Magnificat.
Emily’s various European performances include roles at the Salzburger Landestheater in Austria, where she appeared as Jacqueline in La Cage aux Folles, Dardané in Pilgrims from Mecca (performed also in Istanbul), Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. At the Landestheater, she also created the role of Sophia in the German-translated premier of Sound of Music, along with roles as Tisbe (whilst covering Angelina) in La Cenerentola, Clomiri in Imeneo, Flora in La Traviata, and Margaret in Wozzeck. At the Summer Festival of the Tyrolean Festspielhaus in Austria, she has been seen as Flora in La Traviata, Ines in Il Trovatore, and Maddalena in Rigoletto, and was the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. At the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, Ms. Righter debuted the role of Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw, and the same season made her debut in Tyrol, Austria and Trento, Italy as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2010, Ms. Righter was chosen for the Young Singers Project (YSP) at the Salzburger Festspielhaus (Austria) and covered the roles Stephano in Romeo et Juliette and Die Garderobiere/Der Gymnasiast in Lulu.
In the U.S., Ms. Righter made her NYCO debut in 2013 singing Amenofi in Mosé in Egitto, and she has made national professional debuts at the Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Opera Theater and Vero Beach Opera. Her U.S. concert appearances include performances with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society as the mezzo soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, the Marcello Giordani Fundraising Gala Concert in New York City, along with various benefit concerts supporting victims of homelessness.
Ms. Righter continues to give master classes and recitals at prestigious universities. She received her Master’s degree from Yale University in opera performance and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.