Ms. Magee began her professional career at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1995, where she made her professional debut in the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, returning to that company to sing the roles of Marguerite (Faust), Liu (Turandot) and Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes).
In 1996 she made her German debut at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, where she performed the role of Elsa in Lohengrin under the guidance of Daniel Barenboim, who also invited her to sing the role of Eva, which she debuted at the Bayreuth Festival the following summer.
In Berlin she performed the roles of Desdemona, Elsa, Donna Anna, Eva, the Countess in Figaro, among others. She has in recent years maintained a meaningful relationship with the Opernhaus Zürich, where she has performed the roles of Marietta (Die Tote Stadt), Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Lina (Stiffelio), Katerina (The Greek Passion), Ariadne, Tosca, Elsa, Francesca da Rimini and now the upcoming Kaiserin and Chrysothemis.
She has sung leading roles at the Vienna State Opera (Eva, Marietta), Bavarian State Opera (Elisabeth, Elsa, Gutrune, Donna Anna) Hamburg State Opera (Kaiserin, Arabella, Jenůfa, Eva, Elsa) The Royal Opera House, the Teatro del Liceu Barcelona (Elsa), and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan (Jenufa) among others. She has in recent seasons become a regular interpreter of the works of Richard Strauss, having debuted the roles of the Marschallin, the Kaiserin, Ariadne, Daphne, Salome, and Chrysothemis. Her musical education was taken at Westminster Choir College and Indiana University, where she studied with her mentor, the great dramatic soprano Margaret Harshaw. She was also a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera's Center for American Artists.Visit Emily Magee's official website