Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded coloratura 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 Lulu, Lakmé, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Cunning Little Vixen and Partenope. Other roles have included Ilia (Idomeneo), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gilda (Rigoletto), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Amina (La Sonnambula), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Almirena (Rinaldo), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Zdenka (Arabella), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), the four heroines (The Tales of Hoffmann), Cunegonde (Candide), Zwaantie (Batavia) and Philomele (The Love of the Nightingale) bothby Richard Mills.
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 the New Year’s Eve Gala concerts for Opera Australia
Further career highlights include her Covent Garden debut in the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras, performingMahler’s Symphony no. 4 with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo conducted by Yakov Kreizberg and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Ismene (Mitridate) for Sydney Festival.
Most recently Emma reprised her highly successful portrayal of Partenope for Opera Australia in Melbourne and Violetta (La Traviata) in Sydney, also for Opera Australia. Her recent concert appearances have included Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson (Copland) with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (released on MSO Live in March 2014), and recitals with Ensemble Liaison at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Omega Ensemble at the Art Gallery of NSW, as well as featuring at Voices in the Forrest, Canberra.
Emma’s album of bel canto arias, Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo, was released by Deutsche Grammophon / ABC Classics to critical acclaim. Her album of Mozart arias with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Marko Letonja conducting was released by ABC Classics in February 2014.