Emily Duncan-Brown (now Emily Dorn)
New England First Place Winner, 2011  

In the 2015-2016 season Emily Dorn (formerly Emily Duncan-Brown) returns to Semperoper Dresden as the Baroness von Freimann in Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Regina in Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, Musetta in La bohème, Susanna in Il nozze di Figaro, and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Also in Dresden, the soprano will sing the title role in Ernst Toch’schildren’s opera Die Prinzessin auf der Herbst (The Princess and the Pea) with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra this fall.


The Canadian soprano holds a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University and a Masters and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music. Emily’s roles at Mannes included Violetta, Despina, Blanche de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Alice Ford in Falstaff. Other early roles included Violetta and Micaëla (in Peter Brooks’ La Tragédie de Carmen) with the International Vocal Arts Institute, Dido (Dido and Aeneas)and Nella (Gianni Schicchi)with Opera McGill, the title role in The Merry Widow with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and the role of Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Tanglewood Music Center.


In the fall of 2012 Emily joined Semperoper Dresden: her roles there in her first two seasons included Violetta, Micaëla, Adele, Gretel, Fiordiligi, Barberina, Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe, Lidotschka in Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki, the Second Sister in Johannes Wulff-Woesten’s Prinz Bussel, a Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier, a Celestial Voice in Don Carlos, Ein junger Hirt (A Young Shepherd) in Tannhauser, and the Princess in Stefan Johannes Hanke’s children’s opera Der Teufel mit den Drei Goldenen Haaren. Other recent  appearances included Mimì with Opera Southwest in Albuquerque. and Micaëla at Finland’s 2014 Savonlinna Opera Festival.


Emily has been the recipient of numerous honors, including awards and grants from the Gerda Lissner and Guilio Gari International Voice Competitions, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the George London Foundation. The soprano was also a child performer, singing the main character's role in over 400 performances of Cirque du Soleil's touring production of Quidam when she was eleven years old.



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