Lyric mezzo soprano, Emma Sorenson, is currently based in Chicago. Emma will be making her Chicago Folk's Operetta debut as Stasi in this production of The Csardas Princess next month. Emma made her Chicago debut last fall as Isabelle Eberhardt in Chicago Fringe Opera's critically acclaimed production of Missy Mazzoli's 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, covering the role of The Old Lady in Leonard Bernstein's Candide with The Knights at the Tanglewood Music Festival this summer.
Ms. Sorenson recently completed 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 as Frou Frou in their production of The Merry Widow and Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro. 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. Previously, 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.
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. 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.