Biography

 

Soprano Emily Sinclair, DMA, is an active performer and pedagogue.  Her voice has been hailed as “sweet and strong” and “alluring” by the New York Times. She has performed with opera companies across the United States, including Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Kentucky Opera and DuPage Opera.  

Emily recently made her West Bay Opera debut in the roles of Suor Genovieffa and Nella in Puccini’s Il Trittico.  At the Caramoor International Festival, she sang Roggiero in Rossini’s Tancredi opposite Ewa Podles, and covered Sumi Jo as Elvira in I Puritani.  

Photo: Jonathan Cole

Photo: Jonathan Cole

In concert, Emily has performed with the San Francisco Choral Society, the Littleton Symphony, and at Weill Recital Hall in New York, among others.  She is a regular member of the Grant Park Music Festival chorus, and can be heard on their recent recordings “The Pulitzer Project” and “Songs of Smaller Creatures”. Emily  was a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has been awarded prizes by the Gerda Lissner Foundation and Washington International Competition.  She was in the young artist programs at Tanglewood, Central City Opera and Utah Festival Opera, and an Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival.  

Emily received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, and holds additional degrees from Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. While at the University of Colorado, Emily served as Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master on several productions, including Ned Rorem's "Our Town," which won third prize in the NOA competition.  She also taught a new class on Opera Role Preparation, and presented her work on developing the class at the 2013 National Opera Association Conference. Emily was honored to be chosen as a 2014 NATS Intern, where she worked with Mary Saunders Barton on musical theatre techniques.

Emily is currently the head of the voice area at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches individual lessons and vocal repertoire. Her students have placed in the NATS Student Auditions, and performed at Cabrillo Stage and Opera San Jose. She conducted a reduced version of Hansel and Gretel at UCSC in 2016, and is the current conductor of the Temple Beth-El choir in Aptos, CA.  She currently serves as the VP-Recitals on the Board of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NATS.  Emily also has a private studio in Santa Cruz, and gives frequent masterclasses and choral clinics in the Bay Area.