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 roles in La Calisto, Lulu, Lolita and Lucia di Lammermoor, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Woglinde, Gerhilde and Waldvogel in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Norina (Don Pasquale), Jenny (The Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny), Nannetta (Falstaff), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), and Hilda Mack (Elegy for Young Lovers).
Emma has also sung Gilda (Rigoletto) for Theater St Gallen Switzerland, and Saarländisches Staatstheater, Saarbrücken Clorinda (La Cenerentola) for Semperoper Dresden, Nannetta for Nationaltheater Mannheim, Sophie for Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest and Orquestra de Valencia, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for the City of London Festival and MissaSolemnis in Bratislava. On her departure from Wiesbaden, the State of Hessen awarded Emma the honorary title of “Kammersängerin”.
In Australia, Emma has performed the title role in Athalia for Pinchgut Opera, Contessa di Folleville (Il Viaggio a Reims), the Queen of the Night and Sophie for Opera Australia, Violetta (La Traviata) for Opera Queensland, the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and The Cunning Little Vixen, Micaela (Carmen), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) and Jennifer (The Riders) for West Australian Opera, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Micaela for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and State Opera South Australia, and has been featured soloist at UKARIA 24 and the Four Winds Festival, Bermagui. For Southern Opera New Zealand she has sung Queen of the Night, and for New Zealand Opera, Frasquita and Micaela in Carmen, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gilda and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte).
Emma gained a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from the University of Western Australia and continued her studies at the Australian Opera Studio. During this time she won the Australian Singing Competition, 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 sing the role of Armida in Handel's Rinaldo, December 2020.
Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.