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"Super human high notes."- Jeffrey Means, conductor of Sound Icon, Boston

International "ultra-soprano" (Second Inversion, WA, USA) and "new music rising star" (The Stranger, WA, USA) Emily Thorner is rapidly making her mark as a leading soprano in contemporary operas, orchestras, and chamber ensembles. Known for her command of stratospheric high notes, Ms. Thorner is highly sought-after for world premieres due to her unusually high range, fearless virtuosity, breathtaking characters, and ability to jump into roles that other Sopranos have left. Invited to relocate to London on a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, Ms. Thorner was the leading Soprano in Hotel Paradiso, a contemporary opera by Clement Power in Bolzano Italy, gave the world premiere of Crossing Songs by Laura Shipsey written for her voice and containing a rare Ab6 in the Aldeburgh Festival this June 2022, and was a winner of the NYIOPS international anon auditions, being the only vocalist to present contemporary opera. 


Her discography includes The Miller in Rumpelstiltskin with Guerilla Opera on PARMA Records and Off Latch Press with three albums on Spotify, Apple Music, Itunes, and Deezer.


Previous performances have included the role of Queen of Cans, a new opera inspired by her voice made into film with Tête a Tête festival by Edward Lambert, Sisa in Noli Me Tangere with KGB opera, Flora in Turn of the Screw with Opera Brittenica, Mary Anning in New Genus, The Judge in Cummings & Goerings, and Adel in Behind God's Back, all at Tête á Tête. Sophie de Palma in Masterclass at the NH Music Festival, and her role of The Miller brought Guerilla Opera to Opera America in New York, USA.


In New Music Festivals, she has been the star Soprano in Acht Brücken festival in Cologne (on WDR radio), the Aldeburgh Festival with Jessica Cottis, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Bang on a Can New Festival, Impuls Festival, Splice Festival, the Ruhrtiennale festiva with Duisberg Philharmoninc, bringing her to Italy, USA, Germany, Austria, and England. She has collaborated with Chroma Ensemble (England), Hub New Music, Sound Icon, Boston Musica Viva, Sound Energy, Kin of the Moon (USA) and is known for her recording of Wolfgang Rihm's Frage containing over twenty-two high F's and beyond.


One of only two Sopranos chosen in Bang on a Can and the first Soprano in twenty years since Claire Booth to be chosen for the new music section of Britten Pears, she was invited to relocate to England from USA and Germany on a Tier 1 Extraordinary Talent Visa. In the Fall of 2022 she brings STATE OF BEING, a world tour written for her voice and electronics beginning to life with four world premieres. 

Originally from Boston, MA, USA, she now resides in London and is under representation by HOME TALENT GROUP.




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