Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the world’s special young singers,” Emily D’Angelo has continued her meteoric rise and firmly established herself as one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Called "wondrous and powerful“ by The NY Times for her recent US recital debut, the mezzo-soprano is the first and only vocalist to have been presented with the Leonard Bernstein Award from the Schleswig Holstein Festival. A 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, one of Canada's "Top 30 Under 30" Classical Musicians, and WQXR NYC Public Radio’s "40 Under 40" singers to watch, D'Angelo made her stage debut, at only 21 years of age, as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, where she was awarded the 2016 Monini Prize.
The 2022/23 season marks numerous exciting role and house debuts for Emily D’Angelo in a season almost entirely dedicated to Handel. She begins the season with her role debut as Ruggiero (Alcina) at Royal Opera House in London. The mezzo-soprano returns to Paris Opera for her role debut as the title role in Handel’s Ariodante and concludes her opera season at Munich State Opera with her role debut as Juno in the summer festival’s production of Semele.
A sought-after concert and recital performer Emily D’Angelo gives her debut at Park Avenue Armory with a recital presenting songs of her debut album enargeia. She performs Mozart’s Requiem in Salzburg together with the Camerata Salzburg on the anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s death, as well as at the Salzburger Festspiele, and the Metropolitan Opera “For Ukraine” benefit concert; she makes her Wigmore Hall debut with the English Concert performing excerpts from Ariodante; and, presents recitals at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Barcelona Auditori, and the Bratislava Festival.
In recent seasons, Emily D’Angelo made a string of widely acclaimed role and house debuts. Highlights include her house and role debut as Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea) at Zurich Opera; her house debut as Cherubino at Berlin State Opera; her role and house debut as Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) at the Royal Opera House in London; her role debut as Idamante (Idomeneo) and performances as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at Bavarian State Opera; her house and role debut as Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Semperoper Dresden; her role debut as Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Metropolitan Opera; her house debut as Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and her role debut as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Teatro alla Scala; her house debut at Paris Opera presenting Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and, in another role debut, Siebel in Gonouds’s Faust; her debut with Festival Aix-en-Provence with yet another role debut as Orphée the Gluck/Berlioz Orfée et Eurydice; and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito in her debut with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival.
D’Angelo won first prize in numerous international competitions including the Metropolitan Opera Competition, the George London Competition, the Gerda Lissner Competition, the Innsbruck Baroque Competition, the Canadian Opera Company Competition, and the Operalia Competition, where a historic win included First Prize, the Zarzuela Prize, the Birgit Nilsson Prize and Audience Prize. In the 2018/2019 season Emily D’Angelo was heard on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera New York as Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and Soeur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmélites, broadcast in movie theatres across the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. She performed Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Santa Fe Opera and Canadian Opera Company, where she returned in 2020 for Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia: a role she debuted at the Glimmerglass Festival in a new production by Francesca Zambello in 2018.
Emily D’Angelo is a keen recitalist and regularly performs in the world’s leading concert halls, collaborating with some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras, ensembles, and conductors. With The English Concert and Harry Bicket, Emily D’Angelo recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as Handel’s Serse with further concert performances in the UK and Spain. In the last season, she performed Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder and enargeia with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, a Donizetti-Rossini program with the Prague Philharmonic at Rudolfinum Prague, an opera gala with soprano Olga Kulchynska and the Oviedo Filarmonía, and recitals at the Konserthuset Stockholm, the Peralada Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival. In 2021, she recorded a recital program for the Kennedy Center Vocal Arts DC recital series and Deutsche Grammophon for their respective streaming platforms.
In previous seasons D’Angelo has performed diverse repertoire including Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Händel’s Messiah and Vaughn Williams’s Serenade to Music with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Rossini’s Giovanna d’arco with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra lead by Christoph Eschenbach, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Montclair Orchestra, Respighi’s Il tramonto with Quartet 212 at the Princeton University Concert Series, and the world premiere of Ana Sokolović's song cycle dawn always begins in the bones, Unsuk Chin's snagS&Snarls, and the Canadian premiere of Matthew Aucoin's The Orphic Moment at the Toronto Contemporary Music Festival. Further recital appearances include the Los Angeles SongFest Recital Series, the New York Morgan Library Recital Series, the Prague Nové Město, Toronto Koerner Hall, the Santa Fe Festival of Song, Teatro del Lago in Chile, and The Society for the Four Arts in Palm Beach.
D'Angelo can be heard performing Vaughn Williams's Serenade to Music in a Grammy Nominated and JUNO Award-winning live recording with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Ravel’s Cinq mélodies populaires grecques with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre on their album “Odyssey,” which was filmed and recorded at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens for the first ever international production of PBS “Live From Lincoln Center;” and in excerpts from West Side Story on Decca's “The Magic of Mantovani.”
Emily D’Angelo is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive recording artist. Her debut album energeia presents music from the 12th and 21st centuries by composers Hildegard von Bingen, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider, and is described by the artist herself as a “a soundworld, bound together by the multi-sensory ancient concept of enargeia." It was named one of the 50 best albums of 2021 by NPR, the best Canadian classical album of 2021 by the CBC, was featured on NPR's 100 best songs of 2021, and received JUNO and Gramophone awards in 2022. Emily D’Angelo performed songs from enargeia at the 2023 Berlin Fashion Week, as a part of her close collaboration and creative partnership with Berlin-based designer and artist Esther Perbandt. The event, “Astro-Noir,” combined live music, virtual reality, and 3D graphics to create an immersive mixed reality presentation met with critical acclaim.