Biography

Cumbrian mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and on the Royal Academy Opera Course (RAO).

For RAO Emma performed the roles of Ruggiero Alcina, Junon Orphée aux enfers, Hanna May Night and Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea. She was presented a Regency Award for her successes with the company and has since performed the roles of Flora La traviata  (Young Artist production) at Opera Holland Park, 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 Merry Opera Company. For the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus, Emma has appeared in Carmen, Poliuto, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and La traviata.

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 Orchestra and a concert performance of Handel’s Berenice with La Nuova Musica at The London Handel Festival (LHF). This year Emma has reached the final of both the  Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino and the LHF singing competition. She looks forward to returning to the LHF to perform in both a showcase concert in November with Laurence Cummings and in recital at next year’s festival. Additionally, Emma is a 2018/19 Handel House Talent Scheme young artist.

Future engagements include a recital in the 2018 Oxford Lieder Festival, performing the role of Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors for Bampton Classical Opera and oratorio engagements with Altrincham Choral Society and Halifax Choral Society.

Emma is generously supported by Help Musicians UK.

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