St. Louis native and mezzo-soprano Emerald Barbour is an emerging artist in the realm of vocal music. She appeared in the chorus of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with Union Avenue Opera, as an alumna of their Crescendo program in 2016, and in the choruses of Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Bizet’s Carmen with Winter Opera St. Louis. Recent opera highlights include the Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in the Boston Conservatory’s Opera Scenes. Next month, Emerald will sing the role of Barcarolle in The Bremen Town Musicians with Boston Conservatory Opera.
In January, Emerald took part in The Bach Institute, an intensive program dedicated to the study and performance of J.S. Bach’s cantatas and arias. Her love of this repertoire began with the Bach Society of St. Louis as a Principal Singer in the Bach Society Chorus, and then as the mezzo-soprano Young Artist for their 2017-18 season. Ms. Barbour also sang select solos from Handel’s Messiah with the Boston Conservatory Conductors’ Orchestra in December of last year. She is currently the alto soloist and section leader at All Saints Parish in Brookline, MA.
Emerald was a semifinalist in the 2016 Classical Singer Vocal Competition, and a recipient of the Buder Foundation Scholarship and Peggy Fossett Endowed Music Scholarships at Webster University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she studies privately with soprano, Kendra Colton.