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“My darling Jim” Cipullo’s Glory Denied

“My darling Jim” Cipullo’s Glory Denied

Emma Grimsley

Emma Grimsley, soprano, has proved herself recently to be a true crossover-artists, gaining momentum in both opera and theater. After a long and extremely competitive audition process, Grimsley recently earned the role of understudy of Christine, one of the most iconic Broadway heroines and a role that epitomizes the skills of a true crossover artist, in the North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. A champion of new works, Ms. Grimsley is constantly involved in innovative productions in both opera and theatre. Last season, Grimsley took part in a workshop with American Lyric Theatre in Theo Popov and Tony Asaro’s new piece The Halloween Tree and performed the role of Young Alyce with Nashville Opera in Tom Cipullo’s contemporary opera Glory Denied, based on Tom Philpott’s novel about America’s longest serving Prisoner of War. This season, continuing this dedication to innovation, Ms. Grimsley performs the role of Myrna in the table reading of a new play by Tony-Award winning playwright Mark Medoff titled Time and Chance.

Apr
2017

Apr-04
to
Apr-23
Figaro! 90210
Barbara Conti
The Duke
New York, NY
Jun
2017

Jun-01
to
Jun-06
Das Rheingold
New York Philharmonic
New York, NY
Jul
2017

Jul-01
Time and Chance
Myrna
Table Reading
New York, NY
Sep
2017

Sep-11
to
Mar-11
The Phantom of the Opera
Ensemble/Christine u/s
National Tour
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…fantastic…
Figaro! 90210 – “Emma Grimsley as Barbara Conti, the sullen teenager, was fantastic. She inhabited the sulky, suicidal, constantly embarrassed daughter with extreme honesty.” – NY Theater Guide 
…impressive…
 Figaro! 90210  “Among the impressive young cast members are Emma Grimsley as the sullen Barbara” – The New York Times 
…displays a fine soprano…
 Sweeney Todd “Nevertheless, Emma Grimsley displays a fine soprano. Her duets with the properly heroic Anthony are gorgeous, but I’m especially fond of her first song, “Green Finch and Linnet Bird,” in which she seems to be singing to her beloved birds.” – The Times-Picayune 
…a standout…
 Sweeney Todd “Among the other singers, Emma Grimsley was a standout as Johanna. …Her ‘Green Finch and Linnet Bird’ aria is a lilting, sentimental paean to the need for love she feels in her heart.” – New Orleans Advocate 
…scintillating soprano…
Sally – “In the lead role of Sally herself, we heard the winsome Emma Grimsley with her scintillating soprano and the dramatic chops to convince us–both as the spunky girl she really is and the Russian star she is impersonating. Her solo “Wild Rose”, contrasting her personality with that of the  PRIMrose, was darling.” -Voce di meche
Emma Grimsley, soprano, has proved herself recently to be a true crossover-artists, gaining momentum in both opera and theater. After a long and extremely competitive audition process, Grimsley recently earned the role of understudy of Christine, one of the most iconic Broadway heroines and a role that epitomizes the skills of a true crossover artist, in the North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

A champion of new works, Ms. Grimsley is constantly involved in innovative productions in both opera and theatre. Last season, Grimsley took part in a workshop with American Lyric Theatre in Theo Popov and Tony Asaro’s new piece The Halloween Tree and performed the role of Young Alyce with Nashville Opera in Tom Cipullo’s contemporary opera Glory Denied, based on Tom Philpott’s novel about America’s longest serving Prisoner of War. This season, continuing this dedication to innovation, Ms. Grimsley performs the role of Myrna in the table reading of a new play by Tony-Award winning playwright Mark Medoff titled Time and Chance.

Recent theatrical engagements include Johanna, for which she had her role début with Eugene Opera, in Sweeney Todd with New Orleans Opera, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof with Shreveport Opera, and the role of Barbara Conti in an Off-Broadway production of Figaro! 90210, which she later reprised at The Duke on 42nd Street. She also was in Friends in Theater Company’s production of The Secret Garden at the famed Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation, which featured Broadway stars such as Rebecca Luker and Bill Nolte from the original cast of the musical.

Ms. Grimsley made her professional début as Lucia in Vespertine Opera Theater’s production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and has, since, collected an impressive repertoire of roles under her belt. Opera credits include Papagena in Die Zauberflöte with Pacific Music Works in Seattle, Cunegonde in Candide for Ash Lawn Opera, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel and Guenevere in Camelot at the Seagle Music Colony, the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in New Orleans, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance at Belfast Maskers, and Minette in the West Coast première of Hans Werner Henze’s The English Cat at the University of Southern California. She also joined the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School.

Grimsley is also a published writer with a degree in English from Loyola University in New Orleans. Recently, she shared her literary skills with Playbill when she conducted an interview with famed Stephen Schwartz. Check out her article here!

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