Toronto-born soprano Emily Brown Gibson is a performer equally at home in repertoire ranging from renaissance to present-day.
Emily is a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she completed an MMus in Vocal and Opera studies (Distinction) and studied with Mary Plazas. Her studies were generously supported by The Dasha Shenkman Award from The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, the Dobie Award from The William and Frances Dobie Charitable Foundation, and a Leverhulme Trust scholarship.
This autumn, Emily is looking forward to moving to Norfolk where she will join Thursford Christmas Spectacular as one of their sopranos. This past summer, Emily performed the role of Bellina in Cimarosa’s Le Astuzie Femminili with the Oxford based opera company, New Chamber Opera. Additionally, this past May, Emily made her soloist debut at Wigmore Hall featuring works by Icelandic composer Anna Þorvaldsdóttir. Emily has a keen interest in contemporary music and has performed as the soprano vocalist in both Michael Gordon’s Van Gogh and in the world student premier of Steve Reich’s The Cave with the Oxford Alternative Orchestra.
A regular concert soloist, Emily’s recent highlights include singing as the soprano soloist in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, in a lunchtime recital at the Buxton Opera House, as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and in 2019 was selected as one of the twelve scholars with the Oxford Bach Soloists.
Prior to studying at the RNCM, Emily completed an Mst in Music at the University of Oxford, during which time, Emily performed in New Chamber Opera’s studio programme on several occasions. Roles with NCO included Elisetta in Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage, Romilda in Handel’s Xerxes, Grilletta in Haydn’s The Apothecary, Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea.