Soprano Emalie Savoy was awarded First Prize in Voice at the prestigious 2015 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. In addition, she received prizes of distinction from the German theater magazine Orpheus, and a debut
CD recording prize from the GENUIN Classics label.
Praised for the “gleaming richness” of her voice by the New York Times, the young American soprano is a compelling and dynamic vocal artist. The lyric beauty of her voice and the singular passion she brings to her performances have touched audiences worldwide. Upcoming engagements include Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, conducted by Gergely Madaras and directed by Daniel Kramer, performances as the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the 2016 Castleton Festival, conducted by Rafael Payare and directed by Maria Tucci, and the release of her forthcoming debut album in 2016 with GENUIN Classics.
Ms. Savoy has performed to great acclaim in both operatic and concert repertoire, making her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2012 as Kristina in Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Case, conducted by Jiří Bělohálovek. In recognition of her outstanding artistic achievement and potential, she was a recipient of a 2013 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, the 2012 Hildegard Behrens Foundation Young Artist Humanitarian Award, and she was awarded the 2011 Leonie Rysanek Grand Prize at the George London Foundation Competition.
Recent engagements in the 2014-2015 season included performances of the role of Sylviane in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Die lustige Witwe conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, and broadcast worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series in January 2015; Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Salzburger Landestheater with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; the role of Anna in the world premiere of Schubertstrasse 200 at the Salzburger Landestheater with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, conducted by Adrian Kelly; soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, conducted by Kent Tritle; a performance of selections from Britten’s Russian language cycle, “The Poet’s Echo”, at Weill Recital Hall with pianist Natalia Katyukova; Céphise in Rameau’s Pygmalion with On Site Opera, conducted by Jennifer Peterson; and Ms. Savoy was featured in recital by the BIG ARTS foundation on Sanibel Island, Florida, with pianist Nathan Brandwein.
Highlights of the 2013-2014 season included Countess Ceprano in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto conducted by Michele Mariotti, broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series and released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon; Hugo Wolf’s Mignonlieder at Steingraeber & Söhne in Bayreuth, Germany with pianist Jonathan Ware; soprano soloist in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall, conducted by Kent Tritle; a duo recital with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and pianist Ken Noda at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City; and the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, in a co-production between the Lindemann Young Artist Program and The Juilliard School, conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Stephen Wadsworth.
Notable appearances in recent seasons have also included the role of Socrate in Satie’s Socrate with the MET Chamber Ensemble in Zankel Hall, conducted by James Levine; performances with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, dancer Damian Woetzel, and the Silk Road Ensemble on New York City’s SummerStage and in Alice Tully Hall; appearances with The Oratorio Society of New York as soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Mendelssohn’s Paulus at Carnegie Hall; featured vocalist on the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s “The Song Continues” Annual Recital in Zankel Hall; Armide in Gluck’s Armide as part of a co-production between the Lindemann Young Artist Program and The Juilliard School, conducted by Jane Glover, and directed by Fabrizio Melano; soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman, in a gala performance celebrating Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary in July 2012, televised on PBS “Great Performances” series; Queen Isabella in Manuel de Falla’s Atlántida with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos; Ariadne in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, at the Tanglewood Music Center, conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi; and a performance of Samuel Barber’s Knoxille: Summer of 1915 with the Juilliard Orchestra as part of Juilliard’s FOCUS Festival, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky. Ms. Savoy’s additional operatic highlights include performances as the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; Giulietta in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites; Susan B. Anthony in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All; Doriclea in Cavalli’s La Doriclea; Norah in William Shield’s The Poor Soldier; and Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa’s Transformations.
A native of Albany, New York, Ms. Savoy completed The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School. In addition, she studied at the Gerard Mortier International Opera Studio at the Salzburg State Theater, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany with soprano Edith Wiens.