Emily Evelyn Way is quickly gaining recognition
as an emerging lyric coloratura soprano. In 2017, Ms. Way began the
year with Eugene Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus in their
New Year's Eve Opera Trio. The Spring of 2017 saw a role debut
as Laurie in The Tender Land opposite Brett Sprague's Martin, with
Joshua Bavaro conducting. Later this year, Ms. Way looks forward
to presenting a recital of music for voice and classical guitar.
Earlier this past season, Ms. Way was delighted to perform as Héro
in Berlioz's rarely seen Béatrice et Benedict.
The 2015-2016 season saw some exciting performances for Ms. Way.
The start of the season began with her house debut at Eugene Opera
as Flora in their critically acclaimed The Turn of the Screw,
and a return to the concert series Music at the Gate for a
performance of Bach's Cantata No. 51. In January 2016, Ms. Way
made her Mexican debut singing the Soprano Soloist in Carmina Burana
at the Festival Alfonso Ortiz di Tirado, followed by two performances
in the Spring as Beth March in Adamo's Little Women at Eugene Opera
and at the Astoria Music Festival in Astoria, Oregon.
Ms. Way recently made her Canadian debut as Carrie Pipperidge
in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel and in Britten's The Turn of the Screw
as Flora, both with Opera on the Avalon in St. John's, Newfoundland.
While at Opera on the Avalon, she was invited to sing The Bell Song from Lakmé
in their Opera Gala, and to participate in their World War I Remembrance Concert.
Ms. Way also joined Garden State Opera as Madame Herz
in Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor.
The 2013-2014 season began with a performance of Königin der Nacht
in Die Zauberflöte at Amore Opera, quickly followed by a turn
as Princess Fedora in Emmerich Kalman’s rarely performed
The Circus Princess, also with Amore Opera. In the spring, Ms. Way
had the pleasure of returning to the concert series Music at the Gate at
St. Mary Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Church in Queens, NY as the
Soprano Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem in d minor and Exsultate, Jubilate.
This was followed by performances with the Savannah Voice Festival.
Other notable roles include Nannetta (Manhattan School of Music),
Le feu (St. Olaf Lyric Opera Theater), Papagena (New York Lyric Opera Theater)
and Zerlina (Opera in the Ozarks), among others. Ms. Way was honored to
win the Best Supporting Performer Award at Opera in the Ozarks
for her work as Zerlina. She has placed in numerous competitions,
most notably as the State Winner for Minnesota MTNA, in addition
to placing for three consecutive years in the Minnesota State NATS Competition.
Ms. Way holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College
and a Master of Music in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music.
A native of Oregon, she currently resides in New York City with
her husband and dachshund, Olive.