American soprano Emily Magee completed her musical training at the Indiana University where she studied with famed soprano Margaret Harshaw. A winner of several vocal awards she sprang to attention while a member of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, replacing an ailing colleague in several performances as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così Fan Tutte in the Chicago Lyric Opera's 1994 season. She subsequently made her European début in the same role at the Opéra National de Paris in 1996 and gained further international attention in the same year when she made her highly-acclaimed German début as Elsa in the new production of Lohengrin at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim. She was then invited to début at the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 1997 as Eva in Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg in a production directed by Wolfgang Wagner and conducted by Maestro Barenboim.
Since these performances, Magee has made her first appearances at important theatres including the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Covent Garden theatre in London, the Châtelet in Paris and the Zurich Opera House. In 2007 she sang Gutrune in Götterdämmerung at the Royal Opera House London, and the following year gave her débuts in the title role of Arabella at the Hamburg State Opera, and at the Salzburg Festival in Rusalka and Salome. She also appeared as Marietta in Die Tote Stadt in San Francisco.