Mezzo-soprano Emily Heumann is gaining recognition for her "credible" storytelling (Orlando Sentinel), and "delicious vocals" (Arts + Culture Texas Magazine). She has performed with dozens of companies including St. Petersburg Opera Company, First Coast Opera, Opera Orlando, The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, Rec Room Arts, The Savannah VOICE Festival, Operativo Houston, and The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent appearances include Alto Soloist in Handel's Messiah with The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, Soloist in the world premiere of Juliano's The Brightest Star, and Lydia in a workshop reading of Curt Tucker's Penelope Ann's Revenge with First Coast Opera.
In the 19/20 season, Emily appeared on tour with The Chapelwood Choir, as Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Orlando, in Rigoletto with St. Petersburg Opera, in Harmony: Tolerance and Acceptance with St. Petersburg Opera, and as The Fox in The Little Prince with First Coast Opera. In the 18/19 season, Emily was a Studio Artist with Opera Orlando, where she appeared as Mrs. Noye in Noye's Fludde, Nicklausse in the outreach tour of Les contes d'Hoffmann, and covered Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. Emily made her debut as Cherubino with First Coast Opera in 2018.
Emily is also recognized for her crossover work in musical theatre and straight theatre. Most notably, she was seen as Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal at Mad Cow Theatre Company, where critics praised her "believable" performance filled with “emotional complexity” and “pipes to do Kitt’s score justice, even without microphones" (Orlando Weekly). She has also been seen as Éponine in Les Misérables, Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, Moll in The Cradle Will Rock, Emily Webb in Our Town, Susie in Wit, Peggy in Godspell, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, for which she was named "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" at the Murray Awards.
Emily holds a Master's Degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Houston, where she performed Beppe in L'amico Fritz, Lisa in I due timidi, Princess Linetta in The Love for Three Oranges, and Bobachino in The Inspector. While in Houston, Emily also appeared as Hansel in a critically-acclaimed production of Hansel and Gretel with Rec Room Arts, as the Alto Soloist in Chapelwood United Methodist's presentations of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and The Messiah, and as Eloisa in Rossini's Soirées Musicales with Operativo Houston. During this time, Emily also appeared in concert engagements across Houston, Tampa, Savannah, and New York, most notably at the National Opera Center.
Emily enjoys performing new music, especially works by her husband, composer Eric Heumann. She has performed in dozens of new music programs across the county.
Emily is also an active voice teacher and clinician. She currently serves on the voice faculty at The College of Central Florida., where she was named the 2019-2020 Adjunct Instructor of the Year.