Emily Halpern


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Praised by The New York Times for her “warm, sure, and direct tones,” soprano Emily Halpern made her professional solo debut under the baton of Maestro Kurt Masur in the New York Philharmonic’s 2002 US debut of Henry Dutilleux's "The Shadows of Time." Emily is a versatile performer with over 20 years of experience and has performed in some of the country’s most important venues, including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall. She is an accomplished performer of opera, operetta, lieder, and musical theater.

Winner of several awards and competitions, Emily has performed locally and internationally with Opera on Tap, the Opera Theater of Lucca, The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Bach Society of Columbia University, of which she was a founding member. As an actress, Emily played an ongoing role as a costumed interpreter at The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. 

A native New Yorker, Emily completed her BA in music at Columbia University and has studied singing at the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School with Edward Zambara, Cynthia Hoffman, and Diana Soviero. After a long hiatus from her musical career, during which time she earned two MAs, lived in Italy, London, and Germany, and worked in the food industry, Emily has returned to singing. She studies with Deborah Birnbaum.