Emma Roberts is a Stephen Catto Memorial scholar, she is supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and in 2021 was awarded the Mendelssohn Boise Scholarship. Emma studies with bass Brindley Sherratt and song coach Simon Lepper. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Manchester University and a Masters degree in Vocal Performance with Distinction from RCM. In September Emma will be joining the National Opera Studio for 22/23.
A Ferrier 2022 prize winner, Emma was awarded both the Loveday Song Prize for Debussy’s Colloque Sentimental and overall 2nd Prize. In March 2022 Emma won 1st Prize in the Joan Chissell Schumann Competition at RCM.
Upcoming performances include; June 2022: masterclass with Julius Drake at Snape Maltings; July role of Minsk Woman for RCM production of Dove's Flight; August: Britten Pears ‘Arias Week’ for Young Artists, lead by Antonio Pappano.
Recent operatic work includes: Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel, RCM); Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte/RCM Opera Studio); Orfeo (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice/Barefoot Opera), Zanetto (Zanetto/Barefoot Opera); Eduige (Rodelinda/RCM Opera Studio); Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana/The Opera Makers); Zita (Gianni Schicchi/Manchester Opera Shack).
Concert highlights include; soloist at Athenaeum Club lunchtime recital curated by Sir Thomas Allen, soloist at Raynham Hall concert with RCM players curated by Michael Chance CBE, Young Artist for Iain Burnside's Ludlow English Song Festival 2021, mezzo solo in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky (RCM symphony, conducted by Martin Brabbins and Mark Biggins); Turnage dramatic song cycle for mezzo and chamber orchestra ‘Twice Through the Heart’ (RCM New Perspectives, Turnage residency); Verdi Requiem (Leith Hill Musical Festival).