Graduating with her Master’s of Music in October 2018 from the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, emerging soprano Emily Diehl-Reader most recently appeared as She in Little Opera Company’s Canadian premiere production of A Tall Order, Winnipeg composer John Greer’s newest chamber opera. Emily also premiered the role of Elvira in Michael McKay’s neo-Baroque chamber opera, The Confused Castrato, in Little Opera Company’s world premiere performance.
Emily has also recently appeared onstage with Manitoba Underground Opera as La sorella cercatrice in their 2017 production of Suor Angelica, as well as performing in their production of Idomeneo. Other recent engagements include First Lady in Manitoba Underground Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute … Retold, chorus in Manitoba Opera’s Falstaff, and First Bridesmaid in Manitoba Opera's The Marriage of Figaro.
Other productions include Manitoba Opera’s Turandot, where she appeared as Second Lady; Mai '68, created by the University of Manitoba’s Contemporary Opera Lab and performed at the WSO’s New Music Festival; and Manitoba Opera's Fidelio. She performed the titular role of Emily Carr in the Manitoba premiere of Jana Skarecky and Di Brandt's contemporary opera Emily: The Way You Are, and she has also appeared in The Producers, Les Misérables, and August: Osage County with Brandon’s Seven Ages Productions and Mecca Productions.
Recent awards include runner-up in the 2017 and 2016 Winnipeg Rose Bowl competitions (as well as the Doris Mills Lewis Memorial Trophy for outstanding J. S. Bach aria), and winner of the Orville J Derraugh Memorial Scholarship (2016 and 2012). Ms. Diehl-Reader has also won the Brandon Festival of the Arts Rose Bowl twice (2013-2014), and the Order of the Eastern Star (2012).
Emily completed her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Brandon University, graduating in 2014. She has performed in masterclasses for Joslin Rompf, Nathalie Paulin, Steven Wilcox, Liz Upchurch, Elly Ameling, and the late Dr. Deen Larsen, among others. She is currently studying under Monica Huisman, and previous teachers and coaches include Laura Loewen, David Playfair, and Naomi Forman.