Founded with an eye towards reviving the "Grand Opera" tradition in America, EMBRA, as a “boutique” agency, offers a small select roster of vocal artists with rich, layered voices that bring a special warmth and color to their presentation. Consummate musicians and actors our artists arrive the first day of rehearsal ready to step on stage in character. These exceptional artists not only know the role but bring a special touch to any production. EMBRA artists have the unique ability to "climb into the skin" of the characters they portray on stage. Our instrumental artists offer the highest degree of musicianship as well as a wonderful interpretation of the classics when performing. EMBRA's artists make a strong emotional investment and are known to please crowds wherever they perform.
Recent events, and inquiries, provided the impetus for EMBRA to begin adding both conductors and stage directors to our family of artists. We would then be able to offer a resource for companies seeking those professionals that share our vision that the voice is first, and foremost, in creating successful opera while style and character being responsible for creating the "flavor" of the production envisioned by the director and conductor. It is our belief that opera should reach into one's soul, to grab the heart and move you to emotional highs and lows, much as the composers envisioned when putting pen to paper, thus creating those beloved classical masterpieces.
Early in EMBRA's formation, it was clear that we would think "outside the box" and look to secure unusual relationships with various sources of advice, products, and classical expertise many managers do not consider part of their services. The man responsible for the creation of EMBRA was the late Charles Riecker, a man revered in opera that spent 38 plus years with the Metropolitan Opera of New York during the "Golden Age of Opera" as the artistic administrator, tour director and artistic liaison. Charlie, as he was known, encouraged us to represent opera artists. The very next relationship we gained was with Dennis James, President of SoCal Pianos, one of the largest piano retailers in the United States. His constant participation with EMBRA has been most important for our concert successes and offering equipment and unique purchasing opportunities for artists, opera companies, symphonies, and city governments.
Our next gains were with voice teachers and coaches who had worked with some of the super stars in the classical world. These experts offered important guidance and feedback regarding artists and the many nuances of vocal performance. Ultimately we chose the very best to work with our artists in addition to their own people; a way to refine and polish their instruments insuring the best possible potential for securing work. We then began to secure the most accomplished accompanists for our artists to insure the best possible audition experience. The continuing theme was for EMBRA to prevent issues from arising that might derail the success of the audition process and, therefore, a career.
Developing a relationship with a respected art critic added to our storehouse of unusual benefits for our clients, and companies, presenting a published trained eye and ear helped grow EMBRA. And finally, in March of 2016, EMBRA secured what we consider to be our greatest success in the management for an artist. Having signed an exceptional Double Bassist, we then secured the sponsorship of Pirastro GmbH for her, the foremost manufacturer of bowed instrumental strings in the world; a company founded in 1798. Again EMBRA went outside the box and secured a benefit for an artist that will enhance her career potential having such an exclusive relationship with a company thought to be the best of any in the world. We offer just such complete career management to every client which builds our credibility in the classical music world.
EMBRA represents vocal artists, instrumental artists, conductors, and stage directors. In late 2012, EMBRA branched out into the international world by adding an exceptional European artist to the Main Stage roster. Because of the increased interest from foreign artists, EMBRA now represent artists as a General Manager worldwide. Considered "company friendly", and highly aware of the budget constraints and casting concerns companies currently experience, we secure all USCIS Visa's necessary for all foreign artists to legally perform in the United States via an O-1 Visa, or by utilizing an ESTA Visa to allow for an in house audition in the United States, saving companies staff time and budgetary funds. We welcome your questions and comments and urge the classical arts community to explore a relationship with us.