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EMMY ROSSUM (Christine Daae) began her theatrical career at the age of seven when she was chosen to join the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center as a member of the Children's Chorus. She was trained there in stagecraft and classical vocal technique in order to sing the children's parts in the company's regular performances. During the next five years, Rossum appeared in twenty different operas, singing in five languages. She worked alongside the world's greatest opera singers, among them Placido Domingo, Denyce Graves, Angela Gheorghui and Dimitri Hvorostovsky.

In 1995, she sang in the first Metropolitan Opera production of Tschaikovsky's Queen of Spades, directed by Elijah Moshinsky. In 1996, she sang in Franco Zefferelli's new production of Carmen and later that year in Tim Albery's production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. During these years at the Met, she often sang in several operas each week including La Boheme, Turandot, Pagliacci, Hansel and Gretel and Die Meistersinger von Nuremburg. In 1997 at Carnegie Hall, she joined the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra in a presentation of Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, directed by James Levine.

Rossum made her television debut at the age of eleven as a recurring character on the long running American daytime program As The World Turns. Thereafter, she guest starred on the award winning series Law & Order and The Practice.

The ear for language and dialect which she had developed at the Met was reflected in her portrayal of the teenage Audrey Hepburn in the TV movie Audrey, a performance for which she won critical acclaim.

In January of 2000, at the age of thirteen, Rossum made her big screen debut as the Appalachian orphan Deladis Slocumb in the film Songcatcher. The film screened in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Rossum's voice, singing in a Scotch-Irish ballad style, was featured in the film. Her acting performance earned her an Independent Spirit Award in the category of "Best Debut Performance.” After seeing an early cut of the film, Dolly Parton was inspired to write a mother-daughter duet which she recorded with Rossum. That duet, "When Love is New,” was released on the Songcatcher soundtrack CD.

Recognizing her unique talents, Variety Magazine named her "One of the Ten to Watch” in the year 2000. Rossum can be seen starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid in the action movie The Day After Tomorrow, directed by Roland Emmerich. Rossum was also seen in a supporting role opposite Sean Penn, Lawrence Fishburne, Kevin Bacon, and Tim Robbins, in the Clint Eastwood-directed drama Mystic River. The New York Times called her performance "transfixing” and cited it as one of the "Breakout Performances” of 2003. They named Rossum as one of the "Six Actors to Watch this Fall (and Long Thereafter).”

Rossum was born in New York City in 1986 and attended the Spence School until 1996 when she began to homeschool through private tuition and by enrolling in programs offered by Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) and Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development (CTD). Currently, she takes college courses at Columbia University.


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