Australian soprano Emma Pearson has been a Principal Artist at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany, since 2005, performing over 30 roles to critical acclaim including Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Königin der Nacht Die Zauberflöte, Adele Die Fledermaus and Ännchen Der Freischütz. In 2009 she debuted in the title role of Berg’s Lulu for the International Maifestspiel under conductor Marc Piollet, for which she was nominated “Singer of the Year” by OpernWelt Magazine.
Based in Europe, Ms Pearson remains a coveted asset on the Australasian stage, performing Queen of the Night The Magic Flute and Sophie Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Australia, Queen of the Night for Southern Opera NZ and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for NBR New Zealand Opera.
2011-12 engagements include Queen of the Night in the Julie Taymor production of The Magic Flute, debut roles Norina Don Pasquale and Gilda Rigoletto, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 at City of London Festival and her US debut singing Sophie Der Rosenkavalier in concert with the Minnesota Orchestra under Andrew Litton.
Previous seasons include Fiordiligi Così fan tutte and Frasquita Carmen for NBR NZOpera, and Alcina Alcina, Governess Turn of the Screw, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, Amenaide Tancredi and Adele Die Fledermaus for the Australian Opera Studio. Further to this, she has appeared in countless operetta, musical theatre, oratorio, and chamber recitals across Germany, the UK, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand.
Ms Pearson has been awarded the prestigious Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the Symphony Australia Young Artist Prize, the ‘More Than Opera’ German-Australian Opera Grant and Audience Prize, and the 20th Anniversary Prize from the Bertelsmann Stiftung at the 2007 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition. She has been nominated in the 2009 and 2011 Robert Helpmann Awards and furthermore been the grateful recipient of the 2009 Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards, including the Youth Music Foundation Award, Armstrong-Martin Scholarship, Haas Award, Editorial Resources Prize and Royal Overseas League Music Bursary.
Ms Pearson trained at the University of Western Australia and the Australian Opera Studio, graduating with Honours under the tutelage of Gregory Yurisich, Patricia Price and Anthea Moller. She presently studies with David Harper and shares her time between Germany and Switzerland, where her husband Wade Kernot is a principle Bass at Theater St Gallen.