Emily Harmon

Emily  HarmonPraised for her “velvety mezzo-soprano voice” (Pittsburgh in the Round), New Hampshire-born mezzo-soprano Emily Harmon will begin the 2018 season by returning to Boston’s Opera del West and MetroWest Opera, where she will sing the roles of Elder Constance in Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature and Madame Kirsten in Dan Shore’s The Beautiful Bridegroom.
She will also make her debut with the Cambridge Community Chorus by singing the alto solos in Mozart’s Requiem this coming May. In March 2017 Emily made her Boston Symphony Hall solo debut as the alto soloist in an excerpt of Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art, Z.323 with the Handel+Haydn Society’s Collaborative Youth Concerts. Last summer Emily returned to Pittsburgh Festival Opera (formerly Opera Theater Pittsburgh) and performed the role of Amastre in Handel’s Xerxes, as well as flexed her musical theater muscles as the Mrs. Lovett cover in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. She had performed with the company in their 2016 season as Mercédès in Carmen and Lanie Landowska in Honeymoon Suite. Earlier in 2017 Emily stepped into the role of the Marquise de Merteuil in the Boston premiere of Conrad Suza’s The Dangerous Liaisons with Boston Opera Collaborative, and appeared as Schaunard in MetroWest Opera’s production of La femme Bohème, an all-female version of Puccini’s La Bohème. A graduate of Boston University’s opera programs, Emily has performed the roles of Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Dorothée (Cendrillon), Ruth (Dark Sisters), Mother Jeanne (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Estelle Ogelthorpe (Later the Same Evening), Vocal Quintet (Angels in America), Chorus 2 (Fables), and covered Annio (La clemenza di Tito). She has also appeared with companies in the Greater Boston Area including Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, MetroWest Opera, Opera del West, Lowell House Opera, and the Masterworks Chorale. Emily made her European debut in 2012 singing both Cherubino and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro at the Tuscia Operafestival in Viterbo, Italy. On the concert stage Emily has sung the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah and Utrecht Jubilate Deo, Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater.
An avid performer of new music, Emily made her professional Jordan Hall debut in January 2016 singing the world premiere of Hyacinth Curl, a work written by Kati Agócs for two singers with hand percussion. She has also frequently appeared as a featured soloist with Time’s Arrow New Music Ensemble at Boston University, directed by professor and composer Rodney Lister. With the ensemble she has performed modern and contemporary works by composers including John Cage, Elliot Carter, Morton Feldman, and Eve Beglarian, and has worked with composers in residency at BU including Philip Grange, Joan Tower, and Dartmouth professor Larry Polansky.
In December 2013 Emily appeared with the ensemble to perform Jonathan Harvey’s Chu, an Eastern-influenced work sung entirely in DanskinTibetan. Emily is the alto soloist of the Handel and Haydn Society Educational Outreach Vocal Quartet. She is currently on the chorus roster of Boston Lyric Opera and is the Alto Section Leader at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston, MA. Harmon received both her M.M. and her B.M. (magna cum laude) in Vocal Performance from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and has spent summers studying at the Taos Opera Institute, International Lyric Academy, and University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Program.
Emily currently resides in Jamaica Plain, MA and enjoys a fun and flexible side career as a “dog nanny,” taking care of and walking dogs in the Greater Boston Area, to help fulfill her childhood dream of working with animals. When she is not singing or working with dogs, Emily loves to dance, do yoga, draw, paint, learn new musical instruments, and tend to an indoor garden which currently consists of nearly 30 different herbs, fruits, vegetables, and other leafy greens.

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