After earning dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s emerging artist award in 2016, mezzo-soprano Emily Hughes returned to dell'Arte this summer to sing the title role of Cavalli's La Calisto. In 2018, she will sing Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Panopera and will return to Cantanti Project for Tabula Rasa. Favorite past roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Connecticut Lyric Opera, Elsa in The Grand Duke with Utopia Opera, and Messaggera in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at DePaul Opera Theatre. Equally at home on the concert stage, she has been a soloist for both Carmina Burana and Vivaldi's Gloria. She has also premiered art song and chamber music by Ellen Mandel, Felix Jarrar, Parker Gaims, and Peter Kramer. In addition to working on new compositions, Emily has a great interest in performing early music. She sings with the New York Continuo Collective and has performed at the Amherst and Boston Early Music Festivals. Based in NYC, Emily studies with Mark Schnaible.