Mezzo-soprano Emily Heumann is gaining recognition for her "delicious vocals" (Arts + Culture Texas Magazine) and "credible" storytelling (Orlando Sentinel). She has performed with dozens of companies including First Coast Opera, The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, Rec Room Arts Houston, St. Petersburg Opera Company, The Savannah VOICE Festival, Operativo Houston, and Opera Orlando.
Recent appearances include Alto Soloist in Handel's Messiah with The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, Véronique in Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle with First Coast Opera, and the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas.
Highlights from the operatic stage include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Mrs. Noye in Noye's Fludde, Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann, and The Fox in The Little Prince. Emily is an alumna of the St. Petersburg Opera Company Emerging Artist Program, the Opera Orlando Studio Artist Program, The Savannah VOICE Festival Studio Artist Program, and the Florida Opera Theatre Apprentice Program.
Emily is also recognized for her crossover work in musical theatre. 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 earned her bachelor's degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
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. In 2023, Emily was named the Executive & Artistic Director of the Howey Mansion Music Series.