American soprano, Emma McDermott, has been described as having “a large voice that carried easily over the orchestra” by the Washington Post and as a “spectacular prima donna” by belcanto.ru. In August 2019, she made her debut in the title role of Aida at the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily. Other recent performances include the title role of Tosca, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, and Sieglinde in excerpts from Die Walküre with the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York. Other roles and scenes performed include Salome, Cio-cio-san, Desdemona, Mimi, Marguerite, Fiordiligi, Elisabeth (Tannhäuser,) Leonora (La forza del destino,) Elisabetta (Don Carlo,) Sacerdotessa (Aida,) Amelia (Un ballo in maschera,) Liza (Pikovaya Dama,) Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors,) Mother (Hansel and Gretel,) Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro,) Elisetta (Il matrimonio segreto,) Silvia (Zanetto,) Le Prince Charmant (Cendrillon,) Mme. de Tourvel (The Dangerous Liaisons.) In 2017, McDermott received the Audience Choice Award and won 3rd place in the Sutherland/Bonynge Foundation Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Sopranos, and received an encouragement grant from the Wagner Society of New York. Her concert performances include Verdi's Requiem, Diane (Debussy's Diane au bois, USA premier) with Emil de Cou and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, concert with the American String Quartet, soloist in St. Matthew Passion, the Messiah at the Moscow Conservatory, and Bach's Cantata BWV 140 "Wachet Auf" with the Georgetown Chorale. McDermott studied voice and Russian language in Moscow while working as the English diction coach at the Young Opera Program at the Bolshoi Theater during the 2013/14 season. She has participated in the exclusive Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Castilgione della Pescaia, Italy; American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria; Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy; La Musica Lirica Festival in Novafeltria, Italy; and the Bethesda Summer Music Festival in Maryland. McDermott was born in December 1986 and received her master's degree in piano and vocal performance from George Mason University in 2013, and a professional studies certificate from Manhattan School of Music in 2016. She currently lives in Berlin.
"A spectacular prima donna"