Emma Grimsley

Emma Grimsley

Emma Grimsley, soprano, has proved herself to be an artist that can span many musical genres, recently gaining momentum in both Opera and musical theater. Most recently Emma Grimsley performed the lead role of Christine Daaé in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera which concluded in Toronto in 2020. Whilst on tour she also performed the role of Young Alyce in Glory Denied with Des Moines Metro Opera and appeared as the soprano soloist in On Broadway with Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

A champion of new works, Ms. Grimsley is constantly involved in innovative productions in both Opera and theatre. A few notable projects include the workshops of Theo Popov and Tony Asaro’s new piece The Halloween Tree with American Lyric Theatre, Young Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s contemporary Opera Glory Denied, based on Tom Philpott’s novel about America’s longest serving Prisoner of War, with Nashville Opera, and a reading of a new play by Tony-Award winning playwright Mark Medoff’s, Time and Chance.

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Artist Bio

Emma Grimsley, soprano, has proved herself to be an artist that can span many musical genres, recently gaining momentum in both Opera and musical theater. Most recently Emma Grimsley performed the lead role of Christine Daaé in the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera which concluded in Toronto in 2020. Whilst on tour she also performed the role of Young Alyce in Glory Denied with Des Moines Metro Opera and appeared as the soprano soloist in On Broadway with Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

A champion of new works, Ms. Grimsley is constantly involved in innovative productions in both Opera and theatre. A few notable projects include the workshops of Theo Popov and Tony Asaro’s new piece The Halloween Tree with American Lyric Theatre, Young Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s contemporary Opera Glory Denied, based on Tom Philpott’s novel about America’s longest serving Prisoner of War, with Nashville Opera, and a reading of a new play by Tony-Award winning playwright Mark Medoff’s, Time and Chance.

Prior engagements include Johanna in Sweeney Todd with New Orleans Opera and Eugene Opera, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof with Shreveport Opera, and Barbara Conti in the Off-Broadway production of Figaro! 90210, which she later reprised at The Duke on 42nd Street. Emma had the opportunity to be a part of 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. She shared her literary skills with Playbill when she conducted an interview with famed Stephen Schwartz.

Updated 4.27.21

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Excerpts from Glory Denied

Press

"...an enchanting Emma Grimsley..." – Broadway World

The Phantom of the Opera – "Emma Grimsley will assume the role of 'Christine Daaé' beginning August 7 when the spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, currently on tour in North America, starts performances in Honolulu, HI for the first time in almost 25 years."

"...fantastic..." – NY Theater Guide

Figaro! 90210 – “Emma Grimsley as Barbara Conti, the sullen teenager, was fantastic. She inhabited the sulky, suicidal, constantly embarrassed daughter with extreme honesty.”

"...Emma Grimsley displays a fine soprano..." – The Times-Picayune

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.”

"...Emma Grimsley was a standout..." – New Orleans Advocate

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.”

"...scintillating soprano..." – Voce di meche

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.”