Emily Magee studied music at Westminster Choir College, opera at Indiana University, and completed her training at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she made her professional debut. She has since that time been seen on the most important stages of the opera world, including, among others, New York, London, Milan, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Munich, Berlin and both the Bayreuth Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
She has worked with the foremost conductors of our day, including Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Mariss Jansons, and Sir Anthony Pappano, to name but a few. Her career has focused in recent years on the works of Richard Strauss, and highlights include performances of the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten in London, Hamburg, and Milan, Capriccio at the Paris Opera, and performances of Ariadne auf Naxos in Vienna, Munich, Zurich, and the Salzburg Festival as well as Puccini heroines Tosca and Minnie (La Fanciulla del West) in Hamburg, Zurich, Berlin, Dallas, and Dresden. Another notable role debut has been as Tove in Gurrelieder, in a staged production from The Netherlands Opera.
In concert she has performed Salome with the Hessischer Rundfunk, Britten’s War Requiem with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Salzburg and Tokyo, the Verdi Requiem in Copenhagen, and Strauss’s Four Last Songs at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, in Sao Paulo, and on tour with both the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Orchestra.
Projects in the season 2016/17 include: concert of Salome at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with Hessischer Rundfunk, the Requiem by Verdi at Copenhagen’s Opera, Rachmaninov’s The Bells in London with BBC and Semyon Bychkov, at Stockholm Opera a New Years Concert, Minnie (La Fanciulla del West) at the Vienna State Opera, a new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten/Kaiserin in Hamburg, concert of Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder with Hallè Orchestra and Mark Elder, concert of Rienzi (role debut of « Irene ») at the Palace of Arts in Budapest, Sebastian Weigle conducting.
Emily Magee starts the season 2017/18 with concerts of Britten’s WAR REQUIEM in Sao Paulo, followed by the season opening at Naple’s Teatro San Carlo as Minni/ FANCIULLA DEL WEST, she sings 9. Beethoven at Vienna’s Konzerthaus (Philippe Jordan conducting). At the Dresden Philharmonie she debuts the role of « Euryanthe », Marek Janowski conducting, followed by a production of SALOME at Bilbao’s Opera House. Highlights of the season are her role debuts as Leonora/LA FORZA DEL DESTINO in a new production at Dresden’s Semperoper and as Sieglinde/DIE WALKÜRE at the Bayreuth Festival.
Among her future projects in 2018/19: Emily Magee will return to London’s Royal Opera House in the revival of The Ring des Nibelungen as Sieglinde and Gutrune, the revival of FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN/Kaiserin at Hamburg’s State Opera, ARABELLA at Vienna’s State Opera, a new production of DER ZWERG, role debut of Ghita, at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, DER ROSENKAVALIER/Marschallin at Dresden’s State Opera.