The American soprano Emily Magee studied music at Indiana University under the tutorship of Margaret Harshaw. She won several singing awards, including the MacAllister prize in 1994. The same year, she interpreted Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Chicago Opera. Two years later she made her European debut in the same role at the Opéra national de Paris, and she subsequently appeared in Lohengrin (Elsa) at the Berlin Staatsoper under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. In 1997, she was invited to the Bayreuth Festival in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (Eva). Since then, she has sung at the major international opera houses: Marietta in The Dead City at the Zurich Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper and the San Francisco Opera, Elsa and the title role in Arabella at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Eva at Florence under the direction of Zubin Mehta, Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Eva and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at Munich, Freya (Das Rheingold) and Gutrune (Twilight of the Gods) at Covent Garden in London, the Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) and Elettra (Idomeneo) at Tokyo, Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), the Empress (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Minnie (La Fanciulla del West), the title roles in Ariadne auf Naxos, Tosca and Francesca da Rimini at Zurich, the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) at Essen under the direction of Stefan Soltesz, the title role in Jenůfa at La Scala in Milan, the foreign Princess (Rusalka) at the Salzburg Festival, the title role in Katya Kabanova at the Vienna Staatsoper, Arabella in Frankfurt ... More recently, she has performed in Die Frau ohne Schatten at La Scala in Milan and at the Royal Opera House in London, La Fanciulla del West and Mathis der Maler (Ursula) at Zurich, Tosca at Dresden, Dallas and Vienna, The Dead City at Bilbao, Ariadne auf Naxos and Rienzi (Irene) at the Salzburg Festival, Ariadne auf Naxos and Tosca at the Vienna Staatsoper, Elektra (Chrysothemis) at Chicago and Zurich, Rusalka at Barcelona and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Gurrelieder at the Amsterdam National Opera, La Fanciulla del West at Hamburg and in Berlin.
Isolde (Tristan and Isolde) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Empress at Hamburg, Chrysothemis at Wiesbaden.