Lauded for her "lower extension that has to be heard to be believed," by Seen and Heard International, Emily Geller is a contralto based in New York City. A uniquely versatile artist, she has established herself as a performer to watch in opera, operetta, new music, musical theater, and oratorio.
Ms. Geller’s 2021-2022 season began with a non-traditional casting as Germont in a site-specific production of La traviata with MassOpera at the historic Eustis Estate, “Gather Together: A Taste for the Season” with Tri-Cities Opera, Elder Constance in Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature with Opera Fayetteville, and Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème with Newport Classical. Upcoming 2022-2023 season includes Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Teatro Lirico d’Europa for their East Coast Tour.
In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Geller garnered rave reviews for creating the role of Sylvia, an image-obsessed Hollywood mother, in the world premiere of Chunky in Heat with Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous as a part of New York Opera Festival. Opera News singled her out for bringing "layers of complexity". She also toured as Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Flora (La traviata) with Teatro Lirico d'Europa, including collaborations with Opera New Hampshire and Palmetto Opera. Ms. Geller was featured as the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with the MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra in The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. Additional concert work included in “Meeting of the Masters” with the Westchester Oratorio Society presenting works of Bach and Mozart, “Songs of a Traveler” solo recital at The Long Island Children’s Museum presented by Chamber Players International, and featured soloist in “Opera Night” presented by Career Bridges NY.
Recent notable concert soloist work includes Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium, Duruflé’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Handel’s Messiah at companies across the United States.
Ms. Geller has been a Resident Artist at Opera North, Opera on the James, Natchez Festival of Music, and Tri-Cities Opera. As an audience favorite, Ms. Geller returned to Opera North several times, performing Ma Moss (The Tender Land), Mrs. Jones (Street Scene), Hattie (Kiss Me, Kate), and Oreste (La belle Hélène). After covering Marthe (Faust) at St. Petersburg Opera, she was invited back as a Principal Artist, appearing as Alma Hix and covering Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (The Music Man). As a two-year Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, she performed Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Mercédès (Carmen), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) and Ines (Il trovatore).
"Emily Geller was an effervescent delight..."
- Nicola Smith, Valley News
“Emily Geller, as the loquacious, nosy neighbor Emma Jones, comes dangerously close to stealing the show with her effortless comic delivery.”
- Nicola Smith, Valley News
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