Praised for her “spicy and rich lyric soprano,” Wisconsin native Emily Secor enjoys performing on and off the operatic stage. She recently completed her tenure as Studio Artist with Madison Opera for the 2019-2020 season, where she performed the role of Annina and covered the role of Violetta in La Traviata, and performed the role of Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers.
In conjunction with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Emily was a featured soloist for "A Virtual Madison Symphony Christmas," a pre-recorded Christmas program that aired during the month of December 2020. Described as "a sheer delight," her performance received glowing accolades: "She sparkles on an aria from 'Messiah' (“He Shall Feed His Flock”) and brings loads of charm to 'It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.' Thanks to the virtual format, I can listen to her shimmery rendition of 'O Holy Night' three times." (Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times).
Emily's recent performances with Madison Opera as a Studio Artist during the 2018-2019 season include covering the role of Nedda in I Pagliacci, performing the role of Mrs. Nordstrom and covering Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, and performing the role of First Woodsprite and covering the title role in Rusalka.
Other operatic performances include covering the role of First Woodsprite in Rusalka as an Apprentice Artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera (2018), performing the role of Liz Taylor in scenes from Jackie O. by Michael Dougherty and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the University of Northern Iowa (2018). As a soloist, she has performed with the Luther College Symphony and Combined Choirs for Handel’s Messiah, and recently performed the National Anthem for the University of Wisconsin vs. the University of Minnesota men’s basketball game.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where she received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and studied with Mitra Sadeghpour and Korey Barrett, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she studied with Andrew Whitfield and Jessica Paul. She currently studies with Connie Haas.