Mezzo-soprano Emily Cotten recently relocated to the Cincinnati area after graduating from Loyola University New Orleans with her master's in vocal performance in 2022. While at Loyola, she performed as La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Mistress of the Novices in Suor Angelica, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. During the pandemic, she participated in Loyola's "Cura Personalis" project- premiering songs with words by librettist Jerre Dye and music by Dylan Trần.
She received her B.M. at the University of Michigan, where she was an EXCEL grant recipient and performed in Bolcolm's Dinner at Eight and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. She spent two summers as an Apprentice Artist with Opera in the Ozarks, where she performed roles such as Despina in Così fan tutte, Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, and Public Opinion in Orfee aux enfers. She is a member of the St. Thomas Bach Project, the May Festival Chorus, and has performed with Coro Volante.
She is an avid believer that all people should have access to live music performance and music education, and has worked in an administrative capacity with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.