Sydney Opera House

Emma Matthews




Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded coloratura soprano having received more Helpmann Awards than any other individual artist, nine Green Room Awards, the Mo Award and the Remy Martin Australian Opera Award. She is equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, and has performed with all the Australian State Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Liaison, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and at the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals, with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marko Letonja and Yakov Kreizberg. She has also appeared as a special guest with José Carreras in his Sydney concerts.

Emma has sung the title roles in Lulu, Lakmé, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Cunning Little Vixen and Partenope. Other roles have included Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gilda (Rigoletto), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Amina (La Sonnambula), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Almirena (Rinaldo), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Zdenka (Arabella), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Zwaantie (Batavia by Richard Mills), The Doll, Giulietta, Antonia and Stella (The Tales of Hoffmann), Cunegonde (Candide) and Philomele (The Love of the Nightingale by Richard Mills).

Further career highlights include her Covent Garden debut in the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen, performing Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo conducted by Yakov Kreizberg and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with SSO and Ashkenazy and Ismene (Mitridate) for the Sydney Festival.

2012 engagements include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Australia and West Australian Opera, Violetta in La Traviata for Opera Australia, Mahler’s Symphony No 4 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Ben Northey and Brahms’ German Requiem with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Simone Young.

Next year Emma will perform the title role in Partenope (Handel), and Violetta (La Traviata) for Opera Australia ,return to Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Liaison, as well as appearing with the Sydney Omega Ensemble at the Art Gallery of NSW and being the featured guest artist at Voices in the Forrest, in the National Arboretum in Canberra.

Emma’s solo album of bel canto arias, Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo was released by Universal / ABC Classics to critical acclaim.

Emma Matthews' performances are proudly sponsored by Jennifer Brukner

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