Cumbrian mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard began her training at the Royal Northern College of Music as a student of Peter Wilson. She has recently graduated from the Royal Academy Opera Course (RAO), where she studied with Yvonne Howard and Joseph Middleton.
For RAO Emma performed the roles of Ruggiero Alcina, Junon Orphée aux enfers, Hanna May Night and Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea. On leaving she was presented a Regency Award for her successes with the company. She has since performed the roles of Minerva Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Pepa Goyescas for the Grange Festival, studied as a Britten-Pears Young Artist and toured performances of Verdi’s Requiem for the Merry Opera Company. For the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus, Emma has appeared in Carmen, Poliuto, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and La traviata. In 2018 Emma will perform the role of Flora La traviata as a Young Artist for Opera Holland Park and Mother Amahl and the Night Visitors for Bampton Classical Opera.
With duo partner Keval Shah, Emma has won the Bampton Classical Opera Competition (2017) and the ‘Audrey Strange Memorial Award’ at the final of the Royal Oversea’s League vocal competition (2016) as well as competing as finalists at the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform (2017). As keen recitalists their performances together include appearances at the Leeds Lieder Festival, St Martin-in-the Fields and the Lewes Festival of Song.
An alumni of the Georg Solti Accademia, Emma has represented the academy in a concert at the Victoria Hall, Geneva with the L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. She appears regularly on the concert platform travelling to China in 2017 for an Opera Gala with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra. Closer to home, Emma’s performances include Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the London Mahler Orchestra, televised performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with The Hallé and Kinshasa Orchestras and a concert performance of Handel’s Berenice with La Nuova Musica at The London Handel Festival. She has recently competed as a finalist in The London Handel Festival Singing Competition, 2018.
Emma is generously supported by Help Musicians UK.