Dvorak : RusalkaSalzburgo, 2008 (Audio)
Director: Franz Welser Möst
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American soprano Emily Magee has become recognized as one of the most important new voices of her generation. Her lush, radiant soprano, combined with an artistic intelligence and a vibrant, attractive stage presence has made her in demand in the most important opera houses in the world. She performs on stages throughout the world under the direction of such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst, Riccardo Muti, Donald Runnicles, Antonio Pappano, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Simone Young, Daniele Gatti, among others. Her wide ranging repertoire includes works from Britten to Zandonai, concentrating primarily on the works of Richard Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, and Janácek. She has appeared in many of the major opera houses of the world, including London, Vienna, Milan, Paris, Berlin, Zürich, Munich, Barcelona, Chicago, San Francisco, as well as the renowned Festivals of Bayreuth and Salzburg.
Emily's 2009-2010 season began with performances of three of her most critically acclaimed roles: Ariadne, in a production at Opera Oviedo; Tosca, in a production with the Semperoper Dresden; and Elsa, in Lohengrin at the Bavarian State Opera.
She prepared a new production of Die Frau ohne Schatten in the title role of the Kaiserin, also a role she has sung to great critical acclaim. Together with the Zürich Opera House, with which she has become closely associated, the production was produced by David Pountney and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
Hes carrer continuedwith more Strauss :Chrysothemis in Elektra (her debut in the role), also at the Opera House Zürich, conducted by Daniele Gatti; and Salome in the Hamburg State Opera, led by Simone Young.Afte this: Tosca in Zurich,Die Frau ohne Schatten at the New National Theater, Tokyo, as the Kaiserin, and another role debut, that of Lisa in Pique Dame, at the Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.
Future seasons include her debut at de Nederlandse Opera as Elena in I Vespri Siciliani, and a return to the Chicago Lyric Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, the Salzburg Festival, and the Vienna State Opera, in roles from Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, and Janácek, among other exciting projects.
The 2008-2009 season featured her debut at the Salzburg Festival in the role of the Fremde Fürstin ("voluptuous, irresistible, and nasty" (Financial Times) in Dvorák's Rusalka, followed by her house debut at the San Francisco Opera in the dual roles of Marietta/Marie in Korngold's Die Tote Stadt where, "La Magee made a meal out of a very taxing assignment" (Bay Area Reporter), conducted by Donald Runnicles. She returned to Zürich for an interesting new production of Martinů's The Greek Passion in the role of Katerina, where her ..."incandescent soprano soared like a ray of hope for redemption from the darkness and turmoil of the contemporary world" (Opera News), and performances of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, to which the critics responded "Überstrahlt werden sie alle vom glanzvollen, satten und geschmeidigen Sopran Emily Magees" (NZZ). She spent much of the season preparing her much anticipated role debut as the title role in Puccini's Tosca, which she debuted at both the Opernhaus Zürich and at the Semperoper Dresden.
In the 2007-2008 season Emily returned to the Royal Opera House for performances as a "sexy and attractive Ophelia-like Gutrune" (Music OMH) and a "radiantly appealing and vulnerable" (IHT) Freia in Wagner's Ring Cycle and made her debut of Strauss' Arabella "eine Traum Arabella" (Die Welt) at the Hamburg State Opera, where she also performed her debut in the role of Strauss' Daphne in concert, both with Simone Young at the podium.
Franz Welser Möst