Emma Rothfield
(She/Her) Soprano, actor, occasional mover and shaker, etc. based in Chicago. Let's make something dangerous together.
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Die Zauberflöte
First Lady
Northwestern University
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Emma Rothfield

Emma is a 2020 graduate of Northwestern University, where she completed a major in Voice & Opera, a minor in Comparative Literature, and a certificate in Musical Theatre. In the 2021-22 season, Emma was slated to join the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Proving Up, covering the role of Littler Daughter, until the Omicron variant necessitated the production’s cancellation. In February 2022, she participated in the Lyric’s workshop of Caroline Shaw’s portion of Proximity, a trio of new one-acts to be presented in the 2022/23 season. June 2022 will mark her second season as an apprentice artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, where she will portray Cobweb in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While at NU, Emma appeared frequently with Northwestern Opera Theatre, most notably as Mother in the Chicago premiere of David T. Little’s Dog Days, directed by Joachim Schamberger and conducted by Alan Pierson of Alarm Will Sound. Previously with Northwestern Opera Theatre, she performed as Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Héro in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict under the baton of maestro Patrick Furrer. She served as assistant director for Northwestern’s spring 2020 film production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo (and made a cameo as a very flustered nurse). From 2017-2020, Emma was a member of the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble under the baton of two-time Grammy winner Donald Nally, performing the works of Caroline Shaw, Christopher Cerrone, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Gabriel Jackson, among others. With BCE, Emma performed in Chicago Opera Theater’s concert presentation of Justine F. Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing conducted by maestra Lidiya Yankovskaya. As an actor, Emma’s Northwestern theater credits include Into the Woods (The Witch), Parade (Iola Stover), and Company (Vocal Minority). Most recently, she performed in the developmental production of Hans Christian Andersen, Tim McDonald’s musical adaptation of the 1952 film with music by Frank Loesser. She’s also collaborated with the American Music Theatre Project on workshops of Marie in Tomorrowland (Erato A. Kremmyda and Maggie-Kate Coleman, dir. Sam Pinkleton) and Something in the Game (Buddy Farmer and Michael Mahler, dir. David Bell). Emma hails from Woodbine, MD, and now makes her home in Chicago.





Indianola, IA

Apprentice Artist

2020 - 2022

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