A headshot of Emily Richter


Emily Richter is a second-year Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist in 2023-24. Last season, her roles included Second Wood Sprite in Rusalka, Ginevra in Ariodante, and Ines in Il Trovatore. This season, her roles include Berta in The Barber of Seville, Iphigénie in Iphigénie en Tauride, and “Ma” Zegner in Proving Up

Emily Richter is a lyric soprano from Arlington, VA. Having benefitted from growing up all over the world from Zimbabwe to Armenia,  including musical centers such as London and Tokyo,  Emily tries to bring a global perspective on what it means to be an artist. 

Emily was a 2023 1st Prize Winner of the Mildred Miller Competition, an award which comes with a recital in Pittsburgh as part of the Legends in the Making Series. She won 2nd place at the 2023 Great Lakes Regionals as well as being a  2022 MONC Minnesota Encouragement Award Winner and a  2020 MONC Illinois District Winner. Emily was a 2021 winner of the Wirth Prize, which awarded her a generous scholarship that has enabled her to start the next phase of her career.

Emily was a 2022 Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera where she covered the role of Micaela in Carmen. In 2023, she was an Apprentice at Central City Opera where she covered the role of  Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello and won the Outstanding Young Artist Award.  She spent her 2020 summer at Seagle Festival. Emily just recently graduated with her Master’s from McGill’s Schulich School of Music and received her BM in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University.

​Ms. Richter’s Residency is generously sponsored by John and Virginia DiPucci and Alice Victoria Gelormino.

Emily Richter as Iphigénie in Iphigénie en Tauride (photo credit: David Bachman)

"Soprano Emily Richter, as was to be expected, took the role of Berta and ran. She does the same thing with any role she takes." -- onStage Pittsburgh (photo credit: David Bachman)

"Soprano Emily Richter all but steals the show from a stage bursting with talent." -- onStage Pittsburgh (photo credit: David Bachman)

"There is a radiance and lighter-than-air quality to Emily Richter’s soprano ... Richter’s trills and runs were exquisite, but it was her ability to caress a long, spinning phrase that was truly special." -- Seen & Heard Int'l (photo credit: David Bachman)

Emily Richter as Ines in Il Trovatore (photo credit: David Bachman)

Emily Richter as The Countess in our Student Matinee of The Marriage of Figaro (photo credit: David Bachman)