Recognized as a fearless singing-actress, Emily Solo has been praised for her “light and expressive soprano” (South Florida Classical Review). Known for her aptitude in contemporary and crossover repertoire, her versatile skills as a singer, actress, and dancer are in demand from opera and musical theatre to plays and film. She was most recently seen in The Threepenny Opera (Polly Peachum) with Everyman Repertory Theatre in Rockport, Maine.
Emily made her Shakespearean debut in the 18/19 Season, as Ophelia in Hamlet and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew with the Camden Shakespeare Festival. She also performed with TheatreMidwest and MTH at Crown Center. The 17/18 Season saw Emily in It’s A Wonderful Life with Iowa Stage, as the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Music On Site, and as an Apprentice Artist with Charlottesville Opera. Her interest in performing new music led her to create the role of Tommie in the world premiere of Tesla with SoBe Arts in Miami Beach. The 16/17 Season featured Emily in a new production of A Christmas Carol at the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. She also sang Le Rossignol in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges and Esmeralda in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, both with Westminster Opera Theater.
Solo completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the tutelage of Kathleen Butler. While at UNL she also earned a Theatre Minor and wrote an Honors Thesis on the music of Charles Ives. She went on to receive a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College, studying with Laura Brooks Rice.
Emily performs regularly in NYC with the immersive event company Cirque du Nuit. You can also see her in the short films Knee High and L'alphabete noire. Prior to the COVID pandemic, Emily was scheduled to sing with New Camerata Opera in the NYC premiere of the circus-opera Barnum’s Bird by Libby Larsen, as well as cover Musetta in La Bohème with Charlottesville Opera.