B i o g r a p h y
Emily Rose Siar, soprano, hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing a DMA in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
During her tenure at NEC, Emily has performed the roles of Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Rose in Later the Same Evening, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and La Princesse in L'enfant et les sortilèges. She has been a featured soloist with the New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble, performing Harbison's Mirabai Songs and Kati Agócs' Hyacinth Curl under the auspicious direction of John Heiss, a leader in contemporary music. In spring of 2020, she will sing Pierrot Lunaire with the NEC contemporary ensemble and the title role in Cavalli's La Calisto.
In May of 2017, Emily graduated with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, Emily sang the title role in Massenet's Cendrillon, in addition to smaller roles in several other operas. She was selected as a winner of the 2016 Eastman Concerto Competition and granted the Honorable Mention at the 2016 Friends of Eastman Opera vocal competition, adjudicated by Wolf Trap Opera's Kim Witman.
Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where, as a Kenan Music Scholar, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies.
In the summer of 2012, at the age of twenty, Emily was the youngest of twenty-three Vocal Fellows chosen to attend Marilyn Horne’s prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. She was subsequently invited to participate in Ms. Horne's "The Song Continues" Masterclass series at Carnegie Hall, where she was seen on the stage of Weill Recital Hall as a participant in renowned collaborative pianist Dalton Baldwin’s masterclass. Emily returned to the Music Academy in the summer of 2013 to sing the role of Papagena in a new production of Die Zauberflöte, directed by David Paul.
Emily's scholarly interests include acoustic voice pedagogy, French cabaret music, Yiddish music, and the intersection of music and gender. In 2019, she was the sole recipient from New England Conservatory of a $10,000 grant from the Presser Foundation, which she used to travel to Paris to research the career of cabaret diseuse Yvette Guilbert. Her Master's orals were on the subject of Lazar Weiner's Yiddish art song, and her undergraduate thesis, titled "The Taming of Manon and Mimì: Engaging with Women in Puccini's Operas," earned her the distinction of highest honors.
When she isn't singing, Emily enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, and looking at videos of French bulldogs on youtube. She resides in Boston.