Karen Smith Emerson

Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emerita of Music

Karen Smith Emerson

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M.M., University of Illinois

B.A., Luther College


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Especially versatile in opera, Emerson's roles have ranged from Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore) and Adele (Die Fledermaus), to Pamina (Die Zauberflote), with such companies as the Central City, Lake George, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Berkshire and Euguene operas. Equally at home in music of the Baroque and early Classical style, she has performed leading roles in operas by Gluck, Handel and Mozart at the Castle Hill and Connecticut Early Music festivals.

Selected Performances

Emerson has produced two solo CDs, Songs of the Nightingale on the Centaur label and The Unquiet Heart: American Song Cycles on the Albany label.