With her sparkling voice and stage presence, soprano Ashley Emerson has been described as a “vocal and dramatic delight.” This season, Ms. Emerson returns to the Metropolitan Opera for performances of Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal. Performances last season included the role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with the Seattle Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Opera National de Bordeaux and the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, and Flora in Turn of the Screw with the Dallas Opera.
Ms. Emerson returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2015-2016 season for William Kentridge’s new production of Berg’s Lulu and for performances of Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. She also performed as Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmelites at Washington National Opera, Tebaldo in Don Carlo in a new production for Opera Philadelphia, and Blondchen in Die Entfu¨hrung aus dem Serail with Des Moines Metro Opera.
Notable recent North American engagements include her debut with Washington National Opera as Papagena, as well as two role debuts in the French repertoire; Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Palm Beach Opera, and Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. At the Met, which serves as her artistic home, Ms. Emerson sang in the highly anticipated productions of Die Frau ohne Schatten and the American premiere of Nico Muly’s Two Boys. Additional Met engagements include Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and the Bloody Child in Macbeth, as well as performances in Le comte Ory and the company’s new production of Le nozze di Figaro.