Lauded for her "lower extension that has to be heard to be believed," Emily Geller is a contralto based in New York City. A uniquely versatile artist, she has established herself as a performer to watch in opera, operetta, new music, musical theater, and oratorio.
The 2022-2023 season includes Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance with Pacific Opera Project, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Teatro Lirico d’Europa for their US Tour. In addition to opera, Ms. Geller is appearing in numerous concerts, including Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Elgar’s The Music Makers with Cappella Cantorum, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City, and Handel’s Messiah with Taconic Opera.
Ms. Geller’s 2021-2022 season featured a non-traditional casting as Germont in La traviata with MassOpera at the historic Eustis Estate, and “Gather Together: A Taste for the Season” with Tri-Cities Opera, and Elder Constance in Matthew Aucoin’s Second Nature with Opera Fayetteville. She returned to Newport Classical to Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème, continuing the exciting casting theme.
Ms. Geller’s 2020-2021 season, canceled due to Covid-19, included Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music with Tri-Cities Opera, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with NJ Association of Verismo Opera, and Florence Pike in Albert Herring with Penn Square Music Festival.
In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Geller garnered rave reviews for creating the role of Sylvia, an image-obsessed Hollywood mother, in the world premiere of Chunky in Heat with Experiments in Opera and Contemporaneous as a part of New York Opera Festival. Opera News singled her out for the "layers of complexity" she brought to her character. She also toured the East Coast as Flora (La traviata) with Teatro Lirico d'Europa, including collaborations with Opera New Hampshire and Palmetto Opera. Ms. Geller was also featured as the alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with the MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra in The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ. Additional concert work included “Meeting of the Masters” with the Westchester Oratorio Society presenting works of Bach and Mozart, and “Songs of a Traveler” solo recital at The Long Island Children’s Museum presented by Chamber Players International.
Recent notable concert soloist work includes Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium, Duruflé’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Handel’s Messiah at companies across the United States. Ms. Geller has been a Resident Artist at Opera North, Opera on the James, Natchez Festival of Music, and Tri-Cities Opera. As an audience favorite, Ms. Geller returned to Opera North several times, performing Ma Moss (The Tender Land), Mrs. Jones (Street Scene), Hattie (Kiss Me, Kate), and Oreste (La belle Hélène). After covering Marthe (Faust) at St. Petersburg Opera, she was invited back as a Principal Artist, appearing as Alma Hix and covering Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (The Music Man). As a two-year Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera, she performed Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Mercédès (Carmen), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) and Ines (Il trovatore). Follow her on insta: @EmilyGeller, FB: @EmilyGellerContralto, and TikTok: @EmilyGellerContralto.