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.
The 2012-2013 season saw Ms. Way’s first Königin der Nacht, as well as a performance of Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, both with New York Lyric Opera Theater. Notably, Ms. Way was invited to sing as the Soprano Soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Vivaldi’s Gloria for the Inaugural Concert of Music at the Gate.
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.