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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 one of the highest sopranos worldwide and is equally at home in contemporary operas, mainstream opera, and contemporary ensembles, orchestras, chamber ensembles and with electronics. Known for her command of stratospheric high notes, Ms. Thorner is highly sought-after for world premieres due to her unusual high range, fearless virtuosity, breathtaking characters, and ability to jump into roles that other Sopranos have left. She will make her Netherlands debut at Muziekgebouw and TivoliVredenberg at the Gaudeamus Festival this September 2023 as the solo soprano with Asko|Schönberg, singing "Uma só divina Linha" by Jan Van de Putte which will be on NPO radio.

Invited to relocate to London on a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, Ms. Thorner was the leading Soprano in Hotel Paradiso, a contemporary opera conducted 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. Upcoming performances in 2023 and 2024 lead her to Scotland in a collaboration with the United Strings of Europe where she will sing a World Premiere written for her voice by Matthew Whiteside and Quatuor ii by Betsy Jolas at "The Night With." 2024 brings her to California for STATE OF BEING and an evening of world premieres. 2023 in total brings her to Amsterdam, Milan, and Scotland for performances.

Her mainstage opera repertoire includes: Leticia in The Exterminating Angel, Ariel in The Tempest (Adès), and Mollie in
Animal Farm (Raskatov.)

Dedicated to the belief that the power of sound and vibration can heal, Ms. Thorner is passionate about singing with the purpose of healing through the voice on the global stage, and is dedicated to bringing this purpose, extraordinary high notes, and fearless passion to every stage. She is the inventor and founder of, a sound powered healing platform.


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, and all in one evening. Sophie de Palma in Masterclass at the NH Music Festival, and her role of The Miller in Rumpelstiltskin 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 travels frequently all over EU and UK and is under representation by HOST TALENT GROUP.

Range: G3-A6 (and an occasional Bb6)




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