Canadian-Italian mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo is the first and only vocalist to have been presented with the Leonard Bernstein Award from the Schleswig Holstein Festival. One of WQXR NYC Public Radio’s "40 Under 40" singers to watch, Canada's "Top 30 Under 30" Classical Musicians, and the recipient of a 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, D'Angelo has won first prize in opera’s most prestigious international competitions including the Operalia Competition where a historic win included First Prize, the Zarzuela Prize, the Birgit Nilsson Prize, and Audience Prize, as well as the Metropolitan Opera Competition, the Canadian Opera Company Competition, the George London Competition, the Gerda Lissner Competition, the Innsbruck Baroque Competition, and the Monini Prize from the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi.
A staple of D’Angelo’s operatic repertoire is the music of Mozart. Beginning with a stage debut in 2016 as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi with Maestro James Conlon, going on to perform Cherubino at the Berlin Staatsoper and the Bayerische Staatsoper. With an artistic home at both The Canadian Opera Company and the Metropolitan Opera; D'Angelo debuted as Second Lady in The Magic Flute with both companies, in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and has gone on to perform leading roles on both stages. D’Angelo was Annio in the 2019 critically acclaimed production of La clemenza di Tito at the Metropolitan Opera, and was Dorabella in Così fan tutte in Atom Egoyan’s production with the Canadian Opera Company, in a new production by R.B. Schlather with the Santa Fe Opera. In 2021 she will appear at Teatro alla Scala in a livestreamed performance of Così fan tutte, and will make her role debut as Idamante in Idomeneo at at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Another cornerstone of D’Angelo’s repertoire is the music of Rossini; D'Angelo made a debut as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at The Glimmerglass Festival in a new production by Francesca Zambello, and has gone on to perform the role at the Canadian Opera Company, and the Santa Fe Opera. D’Angelo has sung Rossini’s seldom-performed cantata Giovanna d’Arco numerous times in concert, both with the original piano score as well as with full orchestra. She looks forward to adding the title role in Cenerentola to her repertoire in future seasons.
D’Angelo has performed diverse recital repertoire at international venues, including the Chile Teatro del Lago, New York Park Avenue Armory, the Athens Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Los Angeles SongFest Recital Series, the New York Morgan Library, Toronto Koerner Hall, the Santa Fe Festival of Song, the Palm Beach Society for the Four Arts, the Elora Festival, and the Princeton University Concert Series, and has appeared in concert with orchestras including Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Puerto Rico San Juan Symphony, Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra, Montclair Orchestra, and National Arts Centre Orchestra.
A champion of new music, D'Angelo performed the world premiere of Ana Sokolović's song cycle dawn always begins in the bones, opened Toronto’s Contemporary Music Festival "21C” with the COC Orchestra performing Unsuk Chin's snagS&Snarls and the Canadian premiere of Matthew Aucoin's The Orphic Moment, and looks forward to future projects with contemporary composers in upcoming seasons.
D’Angelo was a featured soloist on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s live-recorded album “Vaughan Williams,” which was Grammy Nominated for Best Classical Compendium 2019, and awarded a JUNO for Best Large Ensemble Classical Album, is featured on the first ever international production of PBS's Live From Lincoln Center which was filmed live from Athens, Greece, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre and has been released on DVD/CD as “Odyssey.” D’Angelo can also be seen in various productions live from the Met, including audio recordings of Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and the Met Live in HD broadcast as Soeur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmélites.
Toronto-born, D'Angelo is an alumna of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, and the Ravinia Steans Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and a grateful grant recipient of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation.