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 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 past season, Ms. Grimsley performed in the world premiere of Favorite Son, a folk opera by Grammy award-winning Nashville songwriter Marcus Hummon, in addition to the role of Cinderella in Into the Woods with Annapolis Opera, and as a soloist in Christian De Gre Cardenas’s Twisted Operettas at Joe’s Pub in the Public Theater. [read more...]
"...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.”