Lyric Soprano, Emily Thebaut is an active performer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has had many performances in the area associated with the San Francisco Conservatory, the San Francisco Opera outreach program, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater and Napa Valley Music Association.
Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Emily grew up performing, and at the age of 16, she won the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in Florida and had the opportunity to perform with the Tampa Bay Symphony.
Emily started her classical vocal studies at Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied for two years with Ronald Gentry. While there, Emily performed the roles of Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro and Nora from Riders to the Sea, along with numerous other opera workshop scenes.
Emily then continued her studies at the Oberlin Conservatory studying with Daune Mahy. Emily realized a passion for contemporary music at Oberlin once she had the opportunity of performing a lead role in Jose Evangelista’s Les Excercises des Style, under the direction of Jonathon Field. In addition to that opera, Emily was also part of an opera project, in which director Victoria Vaughan compiled a collage of opera music depicting the story of Orpheus in the Underworld, entitled “The Orpheus Project.” Emily performed the role of Orpheus and Amore in this opera consisting of music by Offenbach, Philip Glass and others. In addition to her own vocal studies, Emily created a small studio for herself, teaching students at Oberlin College and in the community.
Emily went on to get her Masters at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Sylvia Anderson. Emily participated in many opera scenes at the Conservatory including the roles of Ellen Orford from Peter Grimes, The Rose from The Little Prince, Rose from Street Scene, and many others.
Outside of schooling, Emily has participated in numerous summer vocal programs. Most recently, Emily performed the role of Bianca from Puccini's La Rondine at Oberlin in Italy, where she worked with director David Edwards and conductor Ari Pelto. At Bay Area Summer Opera Theater, Emily performed the title role of the Governess from Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Emily balanced performing the role with also having the position of scheduler for the program. In addition to doing two summers at Bay Area Summer Opera Theater, Emily has also attended Oberlin in Italy for two summers. While there, she performed in chorus roles in Don Giovanni and opera scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro and L’incorinazione di Poppea. In addition to singing, Emily was able to practice her Italian while in Italy which inspired her to keep studying Italian at the San Francisco Conservatory. Emily has a real passion for languages, studying French, German, Italian and Spanish. Emily also participated in AIMS summer program (American Institute for Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria. There she was able to study with music coaches and teachers from all over the world, performing German lieder and Arias.