Noted for her “strong, brilliant voice, particularly impressive in its upper register, and a smooth sense of legato that allowed her to soar to the higher flights with ease,” (Pittsburgh in the Round) soprano Emily Hopkins is the 2015 winner of the Marilyn Horne Rubin Award. Originally from Hurricane, WV, she is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at Carnegie Mellon University, where she studies with Maria Spacagna. She graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2015 where she sang roles such as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene with the Oberlin Opera Theater.
In 2014 she made her international performing debut in the role of Magda in Oberlin in Italy’s production of Puccini’s La Rondine at the Teatro Signorelli in Cortona, Italy. She was last heard in two of Carnegie Mellon’s opera productions as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto. In Summer 2018, she will join the Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a Featured Artist, singing the role of Wellgunde in Das Rheingold.