The American soprano, Emily Noël, earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Maryland, College Park; and her Master of Music degree in voice from Peabody Conservatory.
Praised for her "sparkling performances" and "sheer vocal beauty" by The Washington Post, Emily Noël concertizes throughout North America and Europe in a wide variety of repertory expanding from the Medieval to the contemporary. Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include a production of The Merchant of Venice with Sir Derek Jacobi and the Gabrieli Consort (Director: Paul McCreesh) at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre; a staged adaptation of Purcell's The Witch of Endor at the Washington National Cathedral; J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) with the Washington Bach Consort; George Frideric Handel's Dixit Dominus with the Handel Choir of Baltimore; J.S. Bach's Psalm 51 (BWV 1083) with the Norfolk Chamber Consort; and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Magnificat at the 2014 American Bach Society Biannual Meeting. In recent reasons she has appeared as a soloist in J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) at the Washington National Cathedral, George Crumb’s Apparition and Ancient Voices of Children with Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble, Monteverdi’s Vespers with The Orchestra of the 17th Century, and selections from Guglielmi’s Debora e Sisara at the Italian Embassy as part of the 2013 Anno Della Cultura Italiana. An avid chamber musician and choral singer, she has collaborated with the American Classical Orchestra, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Tiffany Consort, Raven Consort, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Cathedra, and The District Eight; and has appeared at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Dumbarton Concert Series, Shandelee Music Festival, Peabody at Homewood Recital Series, and Indiana University New Frontiers Program.
Emily Noël has sung a wide range of operatic roles, notably Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with Ente Concerti Città di Iglesias (Sardinia, Italy), Nora in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea at the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival (Netherlands), Iphis in G.F. Handel's Jephtha with The Handel Choir of Baltimore, and Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with American Opera Theater, for which the Baltimore Sun lauded her “tonal warmth and highly expressive phrasing as Dido.” Other staged highlights include Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with Ente Concerti Città di Iglesias (Italy), Anna/Cruesa in Cavalli's La Didone for the Washington DC Early Music Festival, and Berger in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, for which the Washington Post commended her “strikingly lovely voice.”
Emily Noël can be heard on "A New Song: Celebrating the King James Bible" and "Christmas in New Spain" with The Folger Consort on the Bard label. She has also sung for multiple recordings on the Dorian Label, including "Passion & Lament: Choral Masterworks of the 17th Century"; J.S. Bach: Motets; and G.F. Handel's Alexander's Feast. Her radio broadcasts include solo performances on Washington DC’s classical station, WETA, and Baltimore's public radio station, WYPR.
Emily Noël is an assistant professor of voice at The Community College of Rhode Island.