Emma Ruth Ritter, born in Northwest Indiana, earned her master's degree at Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, Miss Ritter has been seen in productions of Cendrillon (Madame de la Haltiére), Turn of the Screw (Mrs. Grose), Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), Suor Angelica (La Sorella Zelatrice), A Hand of Bridge (Sally), and won awards in both the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition and the Friends of Eastman Opera Aria Competition. Before making her move to Chicago, Emma spent the summer in sunny Santa Barbara, California as a Vocal Fellow at the prestigious Music Academy of the West. Currently, Emma is a Young Artist with Chicago Opera Theater and studying with Judith Haddon. Miss Ritter made her Chicago Opera Theater debut last year and in November, performed her second role with the company, Marta in Iolanta by Tchaikovsky. Most recently, Emma was the grateful recipient of the Farwell Trust award from the Musicians Club of Women as well as the Arthur J. & Glenna B. Collins Scholarship from the American Opera Society.