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Emily Riggs, soprano, earned a DMA in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland, a MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and a BA in Music and Art History from the University of Richmond, VA. Her current research and performance focuses on the 20th and 21st century art song of Latin America. As part of her continuing research, Riggs has researched and recorded repertoire by world-class composers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Perú, and Venezuela and appears regularly with pianist, David Ballena, in performances of this repertoire in venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Active as a soloist and recitalist, Riggs has collaborated with Grammy Award winning new music ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, and has been featured as a soloist in the US Naval Academy’s Distinguished Artist Series and with the West Hartford Symphony in Connecticut. She received praise from the New York Times for her 2012 collaboration with the Brooklyn Art Song Society in a four-hour marathon performance of Charles Ives’s 114 Songs. She is a founding member of the Ensamble Arte and performs in a duo with guitarist, Dan Hartington. Riggs is a student of Mr. Marvin Keenze of Philadelphia. Additional study includes Carmen Balthrop, Sharon Sweet, and Marianne Casiello.

As Associate Professor of Music (Voice), Riggs teaches private voice, class voice, opera history, and is the director of Eastern Opera Workshop.

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Production Photos from the World Premiere of The Bartender, 2018 (Photo Credit: Beth Hager)