Ashley Emerson

— Soprano

"The large cast is first-rate. It’s headed by soprano Ashley Emerson, perfectly cast in the title role. She’s an adorable Alice who whips off coloratura and cartwheels with equal aplomb and displays a fine sense of humor.”
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"...the evening belonged to Emerson, and the consistency of her musical energy, immaculate technique and physical grace made the role of Marie seem much easier than it is...(her sound) is concentrated and sweet, especially when soaring into its upper reaches. Emerson is a real professional, and her artistry includes plenty of panache for the extroverted numbers...as well as lovely line for more intimate moments."
Opera News, Judith Malafronte

"As Marie, Ashley Emerson uses her lovely soprano to make creative use of Donizetti's melodies and have fun with the freedom they allow. She understands when to grab center stage with a finely crafted vocal run, but she knows to stay in character and context while pulling it off."
Riverfront Times, Lew Prince


With her sparkling voice and stage presence, soprano Ashley Emerson has been described as a "vocal and dramatic delight." This season, Ms. Emerson returns to the Metropolitan Opera for performances of Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and as a Flower Maiden in Parsifal. Performances last season included the role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with the Seattle Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Opera National de Bordeaux and the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, and Flora in Turn of the Screw . . .

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