Soprano Emily Albrink’s young career has already been graced by collaborations with such conductors as James Levine, Robert Spano, Marin Alsop, and Plácido Domingo and composers such as Jake Heggie and John Musto. Lauded by The New York Times as “delightful and vocally strong and versatile,” Ms. Albrink continues to be heard in a wide array of operatic roles and concert works.
Early in her career, Ms. Albrink fulfilled a residency with the Washington National Opera (WNO) as a member of WNO’s Domingo- Cafritz Young Artist Program and has since then returned often to the company’s roster. She performed in WNO’s special gala concert featuring Nathan Gunn, the role of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Sophie in Werther, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, a performance which drew high praise from the Washington Post: “Soprano Emily Albrink’s pert, pearl-toned Susanna may have been the liveliest, most affectionately detailed performance of the evening.” Other roles with the company include Frasquita in Carmen, Second Niece in Peter Grimes, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.
A champion of new music, Ms. Albrink has performed the role of Tatiana Bakst in Cincinnati Opera’s workshop performance of Jake Heggie’s Great Scott and performed the West Coast premiere of Heggie’s song cycle Rise and Fall with the composer at the piano. She played Evvy in the US premiere of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera with the American Repertory Theater and Chicago Opera Theater. She has performed at Carnegie Hall in John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music, the role of Nuria in Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar (with Dawn Upshaw and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the baton of Robert Spano), and in the world premiere of Clarice Assad’s Confessions, which served as her Carnegie debut. Ms. Albrink went on to perform Ainadamar with the Colorado Music Festival, Opera Boston, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In October 2017 she will reassert her affinity for the music of Jake Heggie when she makes her role debut as Kitty Hart in Kentucky Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking.
Ms. Albrink’s performances of works from the classical canon include her Alice Tully Hall debut performance of Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Baltimore Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop, Despina in Così fan tutte and Die Vertraute in Elektra, both under the baton of James Levine. In 2010, Ms. Albrink joined the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir on a ten-day tour of China, thus making her international debut as the soprano soloist in performances of Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and Shanghai’s Oriental Arts Center.
In addition to her operatic and concert appearances with a variety of American orchestras, and opera companies, Ms. Albrink has performed such roles from the American musical theatre tradition as Magnolia in Show Boat (Kentucky Opera), Julie Jordan in Carousel (Ash Lawn Opera), and Marian Paroo in The Music Man (Ash Lawn Opera).
Ms. Albrink holds a Master of Music degree and a Professional Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. She currently resides in Louisville, KY where she is on the voice faculty at the University of Louisville School of Music.