Lyric mezzo soprano, Emma Sorenson, currently splits her time between Chicago and Boston. She made her Chicago debut this fall as Isabelle Eberhardt in Chicago Fringe Opera's production of Missy Mazzoli's acclaimed new opera Song from the Uproar: the Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt. Critics praised Emma as a "striking and graceful presence, [she] sang with an attractive, flexible voice and brought strong dramatic engagement throughout, from Isabelle’s joy at discovering Islam, to her pain and anger at a lover’s betrayal, and solace and resignation at her death." Emma is excited to tackle her next project, singing the role of Starla in Philip Thompson's The Final Battle for Love with Thompson Street Opera this Winter.
Ms. Sorenson is returning to the East Coast in the Spring for her second year as an Emerging Artist with the Boston Lyric Opera. She debuted with the company as a featured artist in their Art in Bloom series at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and has since appeared in their production of La Boheme, and as Frou Frou in their production of The Merry Widow. She will be returning to Boston this Spring for their productions of The Rake's Progress and Le Nozze di Figaro. This past summer, Ms. Sorenson was engaged as a returning Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera where she sang the role of Javotte in Massenet's Manon. Last season she was featured in the part of a Flower in La Hija de Rappaccini by Catan. While in Boston, she has also performed several mainstage roles with The Boston Conservatory including the role of Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten, Dritte Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Zulma (and Isabella cover) in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, and most recently Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky.
Ms. Sorenson is the recipient of the 2016 Encouragement Award winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in the St Louis district, and previously won the Ileana Ingraham Encouragement Award at the auditions in the Kansas City district. Previously, Ms. Sorenson also won first place for the second consecutive year in her age group in the tri-state midwest National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, and is the two-time recipient of the James Moroney Nigh Opera Scholarship. Emma graduated with a Master of Music performance degree from The Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Dr. Rebecca Folsom.