Emily Pogorelc

Soprano

Biography

Praised for her “lively, incisive soprano” by The New York Times, Emily Pogorelc is currently an ensemble member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In Lyric Opera of Chicago’s upcoming 2019-20 season, Ms. Pogorelc sings Masha in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and covers Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfriend and Woglinde in both Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Götterdammerung. In concert, Ms. Pogorelc performs the soprano solo in Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2018-19 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Pogorelc performed the roles of Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon and the trainbearer in Strauss’s Elektra. She also covered the roles of Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Woodbird in Wagner’s Siegfried and Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante. She sang selections from Mozart’s Mitridate, Don Giovanni and Verdi’s Falstaff in the Rising Stars concert with the Lyric Opera orchestra, and she returned to the Madison Symphony Orchestra to sing the Mater Gloriosa in Mahler 8 or “Symphony of a Thousand”.

In the 2017-18 season, Ms. Pogorelc debuted with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Madison Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as making her Washington National Opera debut as Cunégonde in Francesca Zambello’s production of Candide. She was a participant in the Mozart Residency at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Previously Ms. Pogorelc has performed roles at the Glimmerglass Festival, such as Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes, Johanna Barker in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Berenice in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro, and covered Laurey in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Ms. Pogorelc is also passionate about performing new works, and with Opera Philadelphia she sang Chan Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (in the New York Premiere), and the title role in David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf with Opera Philadelphia. Ms. Pogorelc performed in a masterclass with Dawn Upshaw as part of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence program, singing an aria from Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrick’s new opera Breaking The Waves.

Ms Pogorelc is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Mikael Eliasen and Julia Faulkner. During her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Pogorelc performed as Lisette in Puccini’s La Rondine, Lucia in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Le Feu in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohéme, as well as appearing in numerous recitals. She was also a soloist for Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, traveling to perform at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Ludovic Morlot. 

Ms. Pogorelc was the recipient of The Ginette Theano Prize for Most Promising Talent, as well as being the youngest finalist of the first ever Glyndebourne Opera Cup. She was featured as part of the Sky Arts series, broadcast all over Europe and in the United States on Medici. She has additionally received first prize in The Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, first place in the Hal Leonard Art Song Competition, a grant from the Gerda Lissner/Liederkranz Foundation’s Lieder/Art Song competition, and an Emerging Artist Award from Opera Index. In the 2017 competition, she took second place in the Upper-Midwest Region of the Metropolitan National Opera Council Auditions. She has also won first place in numerous competitions, including Classical Singer Magazine Competition, The Schmidt Competition, The American Prize, and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Art Song Festival. She is the 2014 Gold Award winner in the Classical Voice division at NFAA YoungArts and in June 2014, she was featured on National Public Radio’s, From the Top. 

Ms. Pogorelc is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.