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Emily Gallagher


Emily Gallagher is a soprano and community based artist. As a 2022-23 Fulbright Grantee to Austria she worked with the theater production company TaleSpin—Musical Tales for Big and Small to produce an original children’s concert series and picture book available in four languages. Recent engagements include Adele (cover) in Die Fledermaus with Pacific Opera Project, Shattered Storybook, an original solo concert series at Balance Arts Center in NYC, Angelina (cover) in Trial By Jury and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Pacific Opera Project, as well as concerts in Savannah, Georgia; Vienna, Austria; and Valletta, Malta.

Emily is passionate about performing contemporary music, and has originated several roles, including Mary in The School of Marital Happiness at the Wiener KammerOper, Mother in Starsong, part of the Compōs-it Opera Festival, Diana in Languagemachine with Pittsburgh Co-Opera, and Soprano in Caleb Glickman’s My Neighbor Figaro, for which she also wrote the libretto. This opera was also presented on OperaVision in August 2020 as part of a series of mini-operas written, produced, and performed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional credits include Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the Pittsburgh Savoyards, Soprano in Missy Mazzoli’s Songs from the Uproar at the August Wilson Center, Maguelone/La Fée in Cendrillon with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Nada in Ana Sokolović’s Svadba at the National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade and as Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica at the KammerOper in Vienna. While a student at Carnegie Mellon she songs the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto.

Upcoming Engagements include Soloist in Marshall Opera’s Opera Oral History Project at Lincoln Center, participant in 2024 Opera for Peace Academy in Rome and Paris, John F. Kennedy in Minute to Midnight with Synchromy (Los Angeles), her solo show Enchanted Melodies: An Interactive Fairytale Concert with City Lyric Opera in New York City, and First Wood Sprite in Rusalka with Pacific Opera Project.

Offstage, Emily is passionate about theater production and music education. She has been music director and stage director for several youth theater productions including You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Tuck Everlasting, Annie Kids, Seussical Kids, and Willy Wonka Kids. She also served as Assistant Director for Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant as part Opera Modesto’s Story Into Song Literacy Initiative. She has experience as a stage manager with Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in The Park, The Savannah Voice Festival, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

Emily is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Sigma Iota honor societies and a member of the Pasadena Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international women's music fraternity. She is a board member of Steel City Opera and is a member of Hello Neighbor’s Young Professionals Board, a resettlement and support organization for refugees and immigrants in Pittsburgh.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been supported by grant funding from Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Drawing Connections (LA) Opera Buffs (LA), Arts Ed Collaborative (Pittsburgh), and Fulbright Austria.

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