Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded coloratura soprano, having received seven Helpmann Awards (La traviata, The Love of the Nightingale, Arabella, Lakmé, Lulu, La sonnambula and Partenope), nine Green Room Awards (Lulu, La clemenza di Tito, Rinaldo, Idomeneo, The Marriage of Figaro, Batavia, Il signor Bruschino, Julius Caesar and Lakmé), the ‘Mo’ Award for Classical Performer of the Year and the Remy Martin Australian Opera Award. She has performed with all the state opera companies and the major Australian symphony orchestras, with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marko Letonja, Sir Charles Mackerras and Simone Young. She has also appeared as a special guest with José Carreras at the Sydney Opera House.
Emma Matthews has sung the title roles in Lulu, Lakmé, Lucia di Lammermoor and Partenope. Other roles have included Fiorilla (Il turco in Italia), Ilia (Idomeneo), Cleopatra (Julius Caesar), Violetta (La traviata), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Marie (La Fille du Régiment), Gilda (Rigoletto), Konstanze and Blonde (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Amina (La sonnambula), Papagena and Pamina (The Magic Flute), Almirena (Rinaldo), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Zdenka (Arabella), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Zwaantie (Batavia) and Philomele (The Love of the Nightingale), both by Richard Mills, Cunegonde (Candide) and the four heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann.
She is equally in demand on the concert platform, embracing a wide repertoire including the Requiems of Mozart and Fauré, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, masses by Poulenc, Villa Lobos, Haydn and Mozart, and Handel’s Messiah. Her festival engagements include Ismene in Mitridate for Sydney Festival, Philomele in The Love of the Nightingale in Perth, and appearances at the Melbourne, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals.
Further career highlights include her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras; performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo conducted by Yakov Kreizberg and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy; Brahms’ A German Requiem with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Simone Young; and Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson (Copland) with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Her solo album of bel canto arias, Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo, was released in 2009 by Deutsche Grammophon / ABC Classics to much acclaim.