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.

This season will see Ms. Grimsley in the world premiere of FAVORITE SON, a folk opera by Grammy award-winning Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon, as well as Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Annapolis Opera, where she will perform the role of Cinderella.

 

Calendar

Event Date
Jan 21
to
Jan 23
Favorite Son
Kate
Nashville Opera Association
Nashville, Tennessee
Event Date
Mar 18
to
Mar 20
Into the Woods
Cinderella
Annapolis Opera
Annapolis, Maryland

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 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, Time and Chance.

This season will see Ms. Grimsley in the world premiere of FAVORITE SON, a folk opera by Grammy award-winning Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon, as well as Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Annapolis Opera, where she will perform the role of Cinderella.

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 4.5.22

Video

Excerpts from Glory Denied

“Green finch and linnet birds” from Sweeney Todd

“The Sound of Music” from The Sound of Music

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."

"...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.”

"...brilliant..." – On Broadway

Springfield Symphony Pops Concert – “Another of the evening’s many high points (literally and figuratively) was Grimsley’s brilliant account of the stratospheric aria “Glitter and be Gay” from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. She and Murphy stole our hearts with the “Balcony Scene” from West Side Story and returned to captivate once again during the evening’s second half with “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera.”

"...Grimsley's voice soars...completely effortless..." – Broadway World

The Phantom of the Opera – “ Emma Grimsley plays Christine Daaé. While the role calls for a very wide vocal range by musical theater standards, Grimsley's voice soars up to the high notes so gracefully it makes them sound completely effortless.” -Broadway World

"...Grimsley's soprano is all steel and silver..." – Chicago Sun-Times

The Phantom of the Opera – “Grimsley's soprano is all steel and silver: Crescendo-ing through the upper reaches of the treble clef is an athletic endeavor, and Grimsley pulls it off without sacrificing Christine's gossamer fragility. Their tango duet in "Past the Point of No Return" smolders in the wake of "Don Juan Triumphant," a Caligula-worthy bacchanal that includes a grotesquely glistening boar-on-a-spit and a peacock.”