The American soprano, Emily Samson Tepe, began singing at the urging of her vigilant grandparents, who realized that their home shouldn´t be the only venue for her constant vocalizing. She began her career with Opera Delaware at the age of 9, singing children´s roles and in the chorus. After training at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, she traveled to Sweden as recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Grant for the Performing Arts, studying Scandinavian vocal music and technique in her ancestral home. She gave recitals at the Finnish Church, the U.S. Ambassador´s residence, and at the Musik vid Siljan and Musik i Glasriket festivals, where she received rave reviews.
Emily Samson Tepe made her professional opera debut with the New Jersey Opera Theatre, singing Pamina in outreach performances of Mozart´s The Magic Flute. An active concert and recital singer, she performed Noa Ain's The Perfect Chair Songbook at the Cutting Room in New York City, and appeared in recital at the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center. She also has displayed her vocal agility on NBC´s Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Before moving to New York to begin her training, she performed at the Aspen Music Festival's Opera Theatre Center, she appeared at Harris Hall in a concert of Kurt Weill's cabaret songs, and at the Wheeler Opera House in Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.
Emily Samson Tepe earned her Bachelors degree from Princeton University, where she received the Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Music Prize and appeared at soloist in Orff´s Carmina Burana and Ellington's Sacred Music. Operatic appearances include as Cleopatra, Pamina, Susanna, Cherubino, Papagena, Marcellina, and Sophie. Emily lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and enjoys cooking organic food, writing, reading, and taking long walks around the lake.