Canadian soprano Emlyn Sheeley made her mainstage opera debut as Emmie in Pacific Opera Victoria’s (POV) production of Albert Herring as part of Pacific Opera’s and Vancouver Opera’s Co-Production in POV’s Britten Festival. She was praised as being “playful and mischievous, to playful and near-sinister” by Monday Magazine. She has since returned to perform in POV’s production of Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček where she played the role of Barena. Emlyn continues to perform as part of the POV chorus. Upcoming shows are Fidelio by Ludwig Beethoven and La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi.
In past summers Emlyn has taken part in the emerging artist program, Opera Nuova, in Edmonton, AB. She performed in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. She worked with many incredible teachers and coaches including Metropolitan Opera soprano Tracy Dahl, renowned Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle, and the incredible pianist and vocal coach Michael McMahon.
Emlyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Victoria under the instruction of Canadian Tenor Benjamin Butterfield. During her three years at UVic she took part in the Voice Department Showcases, concerts at Craigdarroch Castle, and Voice Ensemble shows. Previously Emlyn attended the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) studying with Ingrid Attrot. Programs included the Diploma of Music Program and the VCM Opera Studio Program where she performed in numerous roles including Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, and Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne. Emlyn has also performed in many choral opportunities at the VCM including Handel’s Solomon and Judas Maccabeus. During her time at the VCM she also took part in the Vocal and Theory Pedagogy programs, where she became a qualified teacher, and Diction classes where she studied repertoire in German, Italian, French, and English, along with learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
Emlyn started music at an extremely young age, and her love for it only continues to grow. In conjunction with her passion for performing, Emlyn has also found incredible joy teaching music to others.
You can find Emlyn on social media and visit her artist website at emlynsheeley.ca