Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded 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 has performed with all the state opera companies and the major Australian symphony orchestras, and at the Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals, with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marko Letonja, Sir Charles Mackerras and Simone Young.
Emma has sung the title roles in Partenope, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lakmé, The Cunning Little Vixen and Lulu. Other roles have included Leila (The Pearlfishers), Amina (La sonnambula), Philomele (The Love of the Nightingale) by Richard Mills, Ilia (Idomeneo), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Marie (The Daughter of the Regiment), Cleopatra (Julius Caesar), Konstanze (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Zdenka (Arabella), the four heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann, Pamina (The Magic Flute), Almirena (Rinaldo), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Cunegonde (Candide).
She is equally in demand on the concert platform, embracing a wide repertoire including the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Fauré, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, masses by Poulenc, Villa Lobos, Haydn and Mozart, and Handel’s Messiah. Emma has also appeared as a special guest with José Carreras at the Sydney Opera House, and in New Year’s Eve Gala concerts for Opera Australia.
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, and the role of Ismene (Mitridate) for Sydney Festival.
Recent engagements have included Violetta (La traviata), Fiorilla (Il turco in Italia), Gilda (Rigoletto), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Opera Australia, and Rosina (The Barber of Seville) and Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) for West Australian Opera. Her concert appearances have included Copland’s Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (released on disc for ABC Classic), Carmina burana with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, recitals with Ensemble Liaison and Sydney Omega Ensemble at Government House in Sydney, a Mozart program with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Duparc songs with Simone Young and the ANAM Orchestra, as well as featuring at Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Christmas concerts and Voices in the Forest in Canberra.
Emma’s album of bel canto arias, Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo, was released by Deutsche Grammophon / ABC Classic to critical acclaim. Subsequent CD releases on the ABC Classic label include an album of Mozart arias with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marko Letonja, and Agony and Ecstasy with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andrea Molino