Emily Thebaut, mezzo-soprano, is a voice teacher and arts administrator based in Los Angeles, California. Emily is a part-time lecturer of voice at California State University Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, and Scripps College. Emily is also Co-Founder and Executive Director of Los Angeles based non-profit, New Opera West and Executive Consultant of LA non-profit, The Opera Buffs.
Emily holds a doctoral degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she was a teaching assistant and President of the student chapter of the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing (SNATS). Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Emily taught voice and piano in the Bay Area for 6 years and created and ran a non-profit pop-up opera troupe, Opera on the Spot. Emily is currently serving on the board of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well as The Voice Institute.
Passionate about working with living composers and singing contemporary works, Emily’s most recent performance engagements have included the role of Bethel in Tony Solitro’s She’s Fabulous, premiering the role of Olivia in new opera, Turbulent Mirror, by Celka Ojakangas, and recording Mark Weiser’s new opera, Galaxies.
Recently, Emily has produced immersive virtual opera productions including Pepito by Nicolas Lell Benavides, an animated opera short, as well as a virtual production of Argento’s "Mrs. Manners on Music" and Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appetit.
Emily completed her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory. Emily has also studied with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Oberlin in Italy, and Opera Festival du Roma.