Toronto-born soprano Emily Brown Gibson is a performer equally at home in repertoire ranging from Medieval to present-day.
Currently, Emily is completing an MMus in Vocal and Opera studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and is studying with Mary Plazas, and is being generously supported by The Dasha Shenkman Award from The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund and the Dobie Award from The William and Frances Dobie Charitable Foundation. This January, Emily will be appearing as Nannetta from Verdi's Falstaff and Flora from Britten's The Turn of the Screw in the RNCM's Opera Scenes. Later in March, she will be performing the role of Barbarina in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in RNCM's Spring Opera.
Last autumn, Emily worked with Creative Juices on two newly commissioned pieces on the topic of protest. The company is led by David Pountney, Emma Jenkins, and Caroline Clegg. Emily appeared as Lysistrata (from the eponymous play by Aristophanes) in the Naked Truth and as the Right Side in Both Sides Are…. Emily also performed in Michael Gordon’s Van Gogh in London in a collaboration between Synaestheatre and the Oxford Alternative Orchestra.
Prior to beginning her course at the RNCM, Emily completed a master’s of studies in music at Oxford University (Distinction) where she explored the ethics of cultural appropriation in opera, as well as social media’s impact on opera today. During this time, Emily studied with mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and tenor Florian Thomas. During her time in Oxford, she was also awarded one of twelve Oxford Bach Soloists Choral Scholarships with whom she performed regularly both as soloist and chorister throughout the year.
While completing her degree, Emily performed with the opera company New Chamber Opera on several occasions. Her opera credits with this company include: Elisetta in Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage (2019), Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes (2019), Grilletta in Haydn's Lo Speziale (2018 and 2019), Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (2018), as well as Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea (2017). Emily has also had the opportunity to perform with the Oxford Alternative orchestra as the soprano vocalist in Steve Reich’s opera The Cave. During her time in Oxford, Emily has performed in several oratorios, including as the soloist Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate (2019), and as the soprano soloist in J. S. Bach’s Peasant Cantata and Coffee Cantata (2018). Emily also had the opportunity to sing in masterclasses with Andreas Scholl, Jonathon Swinard, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers.