career in opera
Emily Pulley

Breaking through to a career in opera – Emily Pulley.


Are you looking to create a career in opera? In this 1st Episode of The Performer’s Path Podcast, we chat with Emily Pulley, who spent 12 years singing roles at the Metropolitan Opera. In this episode, Emily reveals how she became an opera singer and her journey from university graduate to the stage. She reveals life lessons that has helped her create a career on stage as a singer & her hope for music performances & human connections after COVID.

You never know…you NEVER know….I still have the letter I wrote to myself the night of the Met auditions, and it was a letter about gratitude and how I needed to try to keep reminding myself that I need to be grateful ….The minute I no longer have joy in what I’m doing, I need to find something else to do.

Emily – describing a career in opera


Originally from College Station, Texas, Emily has spent nearly three decades performing with prestigious opera companies and symphonies across the country and around the world. She is a veteran of almost 200 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, with roles ranging from Marguerite in Faust to Gerhilde in Die Walküre to Valencienne in The Merry Widow. While still sought after for soprano roles, her successful foray into mezzo-soprano and musical theatre repertoire continues, with critically-acclaimed performances of the title role in Carmen, Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking, Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, and Miss Julie in Show Boat. After having portrayed Beggar Woman in two productions of Sweeney Todd, she will make her debut as Mrs. Lovett next spring. Emily graduated summa cum laude from WTAMU and received her Master of Music degree from UNT. She received a President’s Citation from UNT in 2008 and was named a Distinguished Alumni of WTAMU in 2014, serving on faculty there the following year as Artist-in-Residence in Voice and Opera. When not busy performing, Emily works as a teacher, adjudicator, and a vocal and dramatic coach for universities and young artist programs across the country and in Europe. She made her professional directorial debut this past fall with La bohème for Opera Ithaca and Symphony of the Mountains. Most recently, she was the stand-by for Renée Fleming as Margaret Johnson in a national tour of The Light in the Piazza at Los Angeles Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.