Dis-moi que je suis belle: Thaïs (Jules Massenet)
Emily Michiko Jensen, soprano
Michael Pecak, piano
Japanese-American soprano Emily Michiko Jensen has been praised for her “theatrical instincts and intriguingly versatile instrument.” In the summer of 2023, Ms. Jensen performed in a gala for the Orfeo Society and Goldovsky Society through the Boston Lyric Opera, and in the 2023-2024 season, Ms. Jensen will return to Boston Lyric Opera to cover Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, and will make her debut as Mimì in La bohème with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Ms. Jensen is a recent grant recipient of the Olga Forrai Foundation.
In the summer 2022 season, she returned to Chautauqua Opera to sing Angel More and cover Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All and cover the title role of Tosca. During the 2021-2022 season, she made her Florentine Opera debut as Jessie in Weill’s Mahagonny, Ein Songspiel. She also joined Pensacola Opera as a Resident Artist to sing First Lady and cover Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, cover Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and perform Wagner’s Die Wesendonck lieder at the Opera Center.
In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Jensen was slated to join Florentine Opera to perform Maguelonne and cover the title role in Viardot’s Cendrillon, cover Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and cover Mimi in La bohème (COVID19). During the pandemic, she joined Opera Company of Middlebury as the soprano soloist/ensemble in a virtual opera production of Michael Ching’s Completing the Picture, and made her role debut as the titular role of Suor Angelica at the Indiana University Opera Theatre. In 2019-2020, she returned to the Boston Opera Collaborative to sing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
In past seasons, Ms. Jensen enjoyed two consecutive summers with Chautauqua Opera. While with the company, she covered the role of Soprano 2 in Hydrogen Jukebox, sang the role of 2nd Soprano in Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar and covered Annina in La traviata with Maestro Steven Osgood. She also served as an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera, and made her professional debut with the Boston Opera Collaborative as Marguerite in Faust in 2016.
A veteran in the competition circuit, Ms. Jensen was named a finalist in the 2018 McCammon competition and has been a semi-finalist in Opera San José’s Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, and the Annapolis Opera Competition.
Ms. Jensen was a recipient of the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship from Indiana University where she is a candidate for a Performance Diploma. Featured roles there included Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Foreign Woman in The Consul, Suzel in L’amico Fritz, Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and Tiny in Paul Bunyan. Ms. Jensen holds a Graduate Diploma & MM in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music.