Biography

Cumbrian mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and on the Royal Academy Opera Course (RAO). Emma is now a student of Anthony Roden.

This season Emma joins English Touring Opera for their Spring Tour. Emma will perform Idamante Idomeneo, EnricoElisabetta I, and a witch/ensemble Macbeth.

Notable roles include Flora La traviata (Opera Holland Park YAP), Mother Amahl and the Night Visitors (Bampton Classical Opera), Selene Berenice (La Nuova Musica), Minerva Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Pepa Goyescas (The Grange Festival). For RAO Emma appeared as Ruggiero Alcina, Junon Orphée aux enfers, Hanna May Night and Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea and was the recipient of a Regency Award for her successes with the company. Emma also spent two years with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus performing in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, La traviata, Poliuto and Carmen.

On the concert platform, performances include an opera gala with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra (China) and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Hallé and Kinshasa Orchestras for a televised performance from the Royal Festival Hall. As an alumni of the Georg Solti Accademia, Emma has sung with the L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève at the Victoria Hall (Geneva).

With duo partner Keval Shah, Emma has studied as a Britten-Pears Young Artist, won the Bampton Classical Opera Competition and was awarded the Audrey Strange Memorial Award at the final of the Royal Oversea’s League vocal competition. As keen recitalists their performances together include appearances at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, St Martin-in-the Fields and the Lewes Festival of Song.

In 2018 Emma reached the final of both the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino and the London Handel Festival singing competition and became a 2018/19 Handel House Talent Scheme Young Artist.

Future performances include recitals at the Handel House Museum, a recital in the London Handel Festival, Petite Messe Solonelle (Altrincham Choral Society), Messiah (Saddleworth Male Voice Choir) and The Holy Face (Sheffield Symphonic Chorus).

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