Cumbrian mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and on the Royal Academy Opera Course (RAO).
Upcoming engagements include Olga Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park), a concert performance of Thomas Arne’s Alfred in the London Handel Festival and the Mozart Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall (The Really Big Chorus). On the concert platform Emma looks forward to performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Bath Symphony Orchestra), Mass in C and Choral Fantasie (Really Big Chorus), the Dvorak Requiem (Harpenden Choral Society) and a concert of Grieg songs (Hertford Symphony Orchestra).
Emma is currently engaged with English National Opera for productions of Madam Butterfly and Luisa Miller. Last year she enjoyed two UK tours with English Touring Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. For ETO Emma appeared as Idamante Idomeneo, Enrico Elisabetta I, and as ensemble in Macbeth and as a member of the chorus in productions of L’elisir d’amore and Rigoletto with GTO. Further 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 has 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 and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Hallé and Kinshasa Orchestras at the Royal Festival Hall. She has performed song recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, St Martin-in-the Fields and the Lewes Festival of Song and has sung with the L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève at the Victoria Hall (Geneva) as an alumni of the Georg Solti Accademia.
Emma has won the Bampton Classical Opera Competition, the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award and the Audrey Strange Memorial Award at the final of the Royal Oversea’s League Vocal Competition. She was also a finalist in the 2018 Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino and London Handel Festival Singing Competitions and was a 2018/19 Handel House Talent Scheme Young Artist.