Canadian mezzo-soprano Emma Parkinson has been hailed as, "an outstanding voice.” In the 2016/17 season, Emma will debut in Vancouver Opera's Inaugural Opera Festival as Jade Boucher in an exciting new production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. She will also sing the title role in Burnaby Lyric Opera's production of Carmen.
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' new opera Rattenbury, which she also performed in concert with the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Powell River.
Emma's 2014/15 season was an exciting one, as she made her debut in Toronto with Opera Five in the world premiere of Storybook by Darren Russo. Back on the west coast, she performed Maddalena in Vancouver Island Opera's production of Rigoletto, and had the honour of performing the role of Acrotato in the North American premiere of Johann Adolph Hasse's rarely performed opera, La Spartana Generosa with Burnaby Lyric Opera.
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.