Perth-born Emma Pearson has been a principal artist at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden, in Germany since 2005. During this time, she has performed over 25 roles, including the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Nanetta (Falstaff) and Ännchen (Der Freischütz), with critical acclaim. In 2009, at the age of 28, Emma debuted in the title role in Berg’s Lulu, for the International Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden, conducted by Marc Piollet. For these performances she was nominated “Singer of the Year” by OpernWelt Magazine. In 2011 she is returning to Wiesbaden to perform Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and the title role in Rodion Shchedrin’s Lolita for the International Maifestspiele. She will also appear at Opera Under The Stars, Broome and make her USA debut in a concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie) and an all Mozart program with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Recently, Emma was invited to perform in Opera Australia’s Der Rosenkavalier as Sophie following her debut for the company in 2009, as the Queen of the Night at the Sydney Opera House. The production of Der Rosenkavalier was recorded for DVD and Blu Ray and will be shown in cinemas across Australia in 2011. In 2009, she reprised the role of Queen of the Night in Southern Opera’s production of The Magic Flute in Christchurch, NZ. In 2010, Emma debuted in the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, starring opposite her husband Wade Kernot as Figaro, for NBR New Zealand Opera and in2012 Emma’s roles include Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) for Opera Australia.
Also a keen baroque musician, Emma was invited to perform at the Bach Festival Leipzig, in recital at the Rheingau Musik Festival and in the role of Parthenia (Alceste) in the 2008 Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele conducted by Michael Hofstetter. She is also a regular performer with the baroque music ensemble Ensemble Mattiacus and Kammermusik Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
Previous to her work in Germany, Emma performed for NBR New Zealand Opera, in the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Frasquita in Carmen, conducted by Emmanuel Plasson. She was invited to sing in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in Tokyo and has performed many operettas, musical theatre, oratorio, and chamber recitals in the UK, Germany, Japan and China and in Australia and New Zealand.
Emma Pearson completed her formal opera training in 2003, after attaining a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from the University of Western Australia (1998-2001) and then two years at the Australian Opera Studio, graduating with Honours. As a student of the AOS, Emma performed the title role of Handel’s Alcina, the Governess (Turn of the Screw), Gretel ( Hänsel und Gretel), Amenaide (Tancredi), Adele ( Die Fledermaus) and many others under the tuition of Mr Gregory Yurisich, Ms Patricia Price and Ms Anthea Moller. Emma currently studies with Mr David Harper and in Salzburg with Dr Barbara Bonney.
In 2004, Emma won the Australian Singing Competition’s prestigious Marianne Mathy Scholarship and the Symphony Australia Young Artist Prize, while she was performing in productions with NBR New Zealand Opera. In the same year she also won the More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant and Audience Prize, which lead to her contract at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden. In the 2007 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition, Emma received the 20th Anniversary Prize from the Bertelsmann Stiftung. In 2009 she was nominated for a Robert Helpmann Award, and was thrilled to win the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards, the Youth Music Foundation Australia Award, the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship, the Haas Award, Editorial Resources Prize and the RoyalOverseas League Music Bursary.