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Livermore Valley Opera's OperaTalk Interview, 2021


Emma McNairy is a coloratura soprano who was born and raised here in Austin. She is currently finishing up her first season with Theater Lübeck (Germany), where conductors like Wilhelm Furtwängler and Christoph von Dohnányi got their start. McNairy just signed on for her second season there. KMFA's morning host Sara Schneider (a former resident of Lübeck herself) spoke to Emma by phone recently, and discovered some interesting things.

"For me, a part of the intersection of queerness and opera definitely came out of a feeling of 'otherness' I had growing up," says soprano Emma McNairy, who identifies as a lesbian. "This related to me feeling queer in some way, as well as me being so obsessed with opera as a child and teenager. My peers did not really understand this about me, but opera gave me such an amazing world and outlet for intellectual endeavors, languages, and then just plain emotion."

Emma McNairy | Soprano

Charlise Tiee | KQED

October 28th, 2016

Sara Schneider | KMFA 89.5

March 4th, 2017