British Mezzo Soprano, Emma Watkinson read Music at City University and received her masters at Trinity College of Music, where she gained distinction. Whilst at Trinity, Emma was the De Turkheim Young Scholar from The Drapers Company. In that same year she received third prize for The Thelma King Award, 2nd Prize for the Roy Pleasance Award at TCM and was selected as a finalist for The Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Competition singing at St John’s Smith Square, London in her final year. She then completed a further year at the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent, Belgium with support from The Kathleen Trust and The Fidelio Charitable Trust. She now continues to work with Raymond Connell in London. 2016 saw Emma perform with Buxton Festival Opera covering the role of Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Earlier in the year she sang in several productions with Opera Australia, including their new production of Turandot outside at Sydney Harbour. In 2015 Emma made her English Touring Opera debut singing the role of Marcella in The Wild Man of the West Indies, Donizetti under Jeremy Silver . In the same year she sang Jean in Le Portrait de Manon and Aurore Koanga both at Wexford Festival Opera. Other operatic highlights include Page/Salome (WFO); Poppet/Paul Bunyan (ETO); cover Helen/ King Priam (ETO); Annio La Clemenza di Tito; Siebel Faust; the title role in Julie (Philippe Bosemans), Nancy/Albert Herring under Steuart Bedford; the title role in Giustino/Handel with director Olivia Fuchs; Dido/Dido & Aeneas; Olga/Eugene Onegin; Ino/Semele and Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro. She has sung numerous other roles with ETO, Grange Park Opera, and Pavilion Opera as well as work with Longborough Festival Opera, Iford Arts and at Covent Garden in the regazzi chorus of Linda di Chamounix under Mark Elder. Emma enjoys performing Oratorio. Recently she sang the alto solo’s in Rossini's Stabat Mater with Cumbria Rural Choirs under Andrew Padmore and the Rachmaninov Vespers’s at Bristol Cathedral with Bristol Choral Society. Other highlights include her debut at the RFH singing the Alto solo’s in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music under Ivor Setterfield with Barts Choir and The RPO. This year Emma has made a return to ETO, singing in their productions of Patience and Tosca, and will cover Nancy in Albert Herring at Buxton Festival Opera.