Ema Mitrović, mezzo-soprano
Ema Mitrović, has been called a “stand-out” on the stage. Having sung in prominent venues such as Birdland, The Kitano, and Smalls jazz clubs with composer Tim Horner’s Time Circle, and singing the title role of Carmen, Ema is making headway on many different musical stages.
This year, Ema has been distinguished as a core ensemble member in New York City based company, Guided Imagery Opera, in their debut season. In December of 2015, Ema had the great pleasure of making her debut in the long running Christmas show, A Jazz Nativity-Bending Towards the Light, produced by Kindred Spirits and Chelsea Opera. During the year, she sang in jazz clubs performing a range of music including jazz and opera repertoire. She also had the honor of performing for the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce for the second year in a row. In 2014, Ema was a finalist for New Jersey State Opera’s Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition, a semi-finalist at the 8th Annual Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, and was a featured artist at the NJ National Association of Teachers of Singing “Festival of Singing” where she performed works by Bizet, Britten, and Mahler. In 2013, Ms. Mitrović was heard as Siébel in a full production of Gounod’s Faust with Hudson Opera Theatre in Middletown, NY where her performance was described as “idyllic” and “bubbly”. She performed Octavian in the final trio of Der Rosenkavalier with Opera Theatre of Montclair, the roles of Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) with New York Lyric Opera Theatre and was a finalist in the company’s national vocal competition, Martine in a rarely performed Gounod opera, Le Médecin malgre lui, with Utopia Unlimited Opera Company, and placed first in the advanced lower division of NJ NATS, “Festival of Singing Competition”. In 2012, she performed the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Concert Opera of Philadelphia, the Abbess and Monitor (Suor Angelica) with Manhattan Opera Theatre, Prince Charming (Cendrillon) and a scenes concert at Carnegie Hall, “Love, Passion and Betrayal” with NY Lyric, and sang the third lady in a quintet from Die Zauberflöte with Chelsea Opera.
Ema has joined forces with composer and drummer Tim Horner in fusing and experimenting with crossing over genres of music, particularly classical and jazz, with hints of Balkan Roma folk music. Ema is no stranger to the jazz community having had the pleasure of studying with Grammy nominated artist Roseanna Vitro and Allen Farnham while at New Jersey City University where she holds a BM in Voice Performance ‘11. She made her solo Small’s Jazz Club debut in November of 2014 performing both classical and jazz works to a near sold-out house.
During her studies at NJCU, Ema was under the tutelage of Metropolitan Opera tenor, Anthony Laciura, who has gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of Eddie Kessler in the Emmy award winning HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. While at NJCU she performed the roles of Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen), first witch (Dido Aeneas), Mrs.Gobineau (TheMedium), mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and the third lady (The Magic Flute). Upon graduating, Ema was accepted into the young artist program, Coaching Divas, where she intensively worked on leading mezzo-soprano repertoire with Sonda Kelly.