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 just recently finished her summer as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera where she covered the role of Micaela in Carmen and sang as Fiordiligi in their scenes program. Emily just recently graduated with her Master’s from McGill’s Schulich School of Music studying with Dominique Labelle. She received her BM in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University where she studied with Steven Paul Spears. 

During her time with Opera McGill, Emily sang as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and participated in the workshop of new operas Vanishing Point and Limit of the Sun. A lover of art song, in Song Interpretation she has sung cylces by Duparc, Schumann, and Boulanger. At Lawrence University she sang the role of Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2021, she was an Emerging Artist at Seagle Festival where she sang the roles Noémie in Cendrillon, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks as well as a wide collection of scenes. 

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.  She was recently named a 2020 MONC Illinois District Winner and a 2022 MONC Minnesota Encouragement Award Winner.  She is thrilled to be joining the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program. 

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

Emily Richter as Second Wood Sprite in Rusalka (photo credit: David Bachman)

Emily Richter as The Countess in our Student Matinee of The Marriage of Figaro (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)

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

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