Canadian mezzo-soprano Emma Parkinson has been hailed as, "an outstanding voice" (La Scena Musicale) and "a seductive mezzo" (Opera Canada). She recently made her debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in the staged Canadian premiere of Rattenbury by Tobin Stokes. In the 2017/18 season she debuted with the Vancouver Bach Choir as soloist in Handel's Messiah, and in Mahler's Symphony No. 8, and she was heard with the Okanagan Festival Singers in Mozart's Requiem. In the 2016/17 season, Emma made her debut with Vancouver Opera as Jade Boucher in a revolutionary new production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, and she performed the title role of Carmen with Burnaby Lyric Opera.
The 2015/16 season began with Emma making her debut with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble in Vivaldi's Gloria RV 588, and her debut with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. She also collaborated with Pacific Opera Victoria and The Other Guys Theatre Company for a workshop on Tobin Stokes' Rattenbury.
As a former member of the Atelier Lyrique of Opera de Montreal, Emma made her debut as Orlofsky in Opéra de Montréal’s production of Die Fledermaus in 2013. That same year, she made her European debut in Germany as Mercedes in a new production of Carmen with Seefestspiele Berlin. Emma’s other roles with Opéra de Montréal include Siébel in Faust, and the Third Wood Nymph in Rusalka.
Emma is equally passionate about performing concert works. In 2014, Emma made her debut in Slovakia in Dvořák's Stabat Mater with the Slovak State Philharmonic. A few other concert performance highlights include performing Handel’s Messiah with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 2012, and singing the alto solo in Bach’s Magnificat under the baton of the incomporable Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2011.
A three-time laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, Emma performed a concert tour of six cities in China with the Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Montreal, and has won numerous prizes including the Prix Jeune Espoir Lyrique Canadien. Emma is also a recipient of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. Emma completed her Master's degree in opera performance at McGill University, and her undergraduate studies at the University of Lethbridge.