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Emma Stannard, mezzo-soprano

Cumbrian mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard has performed roles including: Olga Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park), Idamante Idomeneo and Enrico Elisabetta I (English Touring Opera), Flora La traviata (Opera Holland Park YAP), Fileno Clori, Tirsi e Fileno and Mother Amahl and the Night Visitors (Bampton Classical Opera), Selene Berenice (La Nuova Musica), Minerva Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Pepa Goyescas (The Grange Festival). For Royal Academy Opera, Emma appeared as Ruggiero Alcina, Junon Orphée aux enfers, Hanna May Night and Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea and was the recipient of a Regency Award.

For Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Emma has performed in the chorus in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, La traviata, Poliuto, Carmen, L'elisir d'amore and Rigoletto. For the English National Opera, Emma has sung as an extra-chorister in  productions of Madam Butterfly, Luisa Miller, Carmen, Yeoman of the Guard, Louisa Miller and 'Orrible Opera (as past of the BBC Proms).

On the concert platform, performances include Basmanov The Oprichnik (Chelsea Opera Group), an opera gala with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Hallé and Kinshasa Orchestras at the Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Colston Hall. She has performed song recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, St Martin-in-the Fields and the Lewes Festival of Song and has sung with the L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève at the Victoria Hall (Geneva) as an alumni of the Georg Solti Accademia. 

Emma has a wealth of experience singing oratorio repertoire and has sung with choral societies across England including: The Really Big Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, University of Kent, Blackburn Music Society, Saddleworth Male Voice Choir, Halifax Choral Society, Congleton Choral Society, Eastbourne Choral Society and many more. She has had the joy of performing repertoire including the St Matthew Passion (Bach), B Minor Mass (Bach), Magnificat (Bach), Missa Solemnis (Beethoven), Judas Maccabeus (Handel), Messiah (Handel), Nelson Mass (Haydn), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Requiem (Mozart), Petite Messe Solonelle (Rossini) and Gloria (Vivaldi). In addition, Emma sings as a professional chorister with the Philharmonia Chorus and has performed in venues including the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. 

Emma trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and on the Royal Academy Opera Course. She also enjoyed time as both a Handel House Talent Scheme Young Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Emma has won the Bampton Classical Opera Competition, the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award and the Audrey Strange Memorial Award at the final of the Royal Oversea’s League Vocal Competition.

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