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 one of the recipients of the Leverhulme Scholarships.
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. Last year 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.
Prior to moving to the U.K., Emily completed a Bachelor's degree in Classical Voice Performance at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. There she studied with Dominique Labelle and completed a minor in Early Music. At McGill, Emily was a soloist in works including Jesu Meine Freude with McGill's Baroque Orchestra, as well as a soloist during the Bach Cantata project at Salle Bourgie with L'Ensemble de la Fondation Arte Musica.