Emma Pearson, soprano
Emma Pearson was principal artist at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden, in Germany from 2005 until 2014. During this time she performed over 30 roles for the company, including the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Woglinde, Gerhilde and Waldvogel in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Adele (Die Fledermaus) and Norina (Don Pasquale) to critical acclaim.
For Staatstheater Wiesbaden’s Internationale Maifestspiele in 2009, Emma performed the title role in Alban Berg’s Lulu, conducted by Marc Piollet. This debut for Emma earned her a nomination as “Singer of the Year” by OpernWelt Magazine. In the 2011 Maifestspiele she performed the title role in Rodion Schtchedrin’s opera, Lolita, its national debut for Germany.
In her final season as a member of the company in Wiesbaden, Emma sang the title role in La Calisto, Jenny (The Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny), Nannetta (Falstaff), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), and Hilda Mack (Elegy for Young Lovers) as well as reprising the role of Gilda (Rigoletto) for Theater St Gallen in Switzerland and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) for Semperoper Dresden. Further performances in Europe included Gilda for Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Nannetta for Nationaltheater Mannheim, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest conducted by Andrew Litton and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Ruthless Jabiru for the City of London Festival.
On her departure from the company, the State of Hessen awarded Emma the honorary title of “Kammersängerin”. She is the youngest opera singer to have ever received this title.
In Australasia, Emma has performed the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), and Sophie in the Limelight Award winning production of Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Australia, Violetta (La Traviata) for Opera Queensland, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) for West Australian Opera as well as Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. For New Zealand Opera she has sung Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte). This year Emma returns to West Australian Opera for Opera on the Quay and to sing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, and to New Zealand Opera for Micaela (Carmen). Other engagements this year include Carmen in concert with The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Missa Solemnis in Bratislava with Bertrand De Billy.
Emma completed her formal opera training after attaining a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from the University of Western Australia and then two years at the Australian Opera Studio. She won the Australian Singing Competition’s prestigious Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the Symphony Australia Young Artist Prize and the More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant which lead to her contract at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden.
Emma will perform the title role of Athalia for our 2018 production of Handel's Athalia.