Emma Fekete is a young Canadian soprano praised for her “distinctive voice, well-mastered vocal technique, presence imbued with simplicity and truth, and radiant personality“ — Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. Currently based in the Netherlands, Emma is a recent graduate of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Next season (2022-2023), she will join the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal as an artist in residence.
Emma made her professional operatic debut with OPERA2DAY in the role of Cécile de Volanges in the world-premiere Dangerous Liaisons (2019). Other roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Conservatorium van Amsterdam, 2021), Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites (Conservatorium van Amsterdam, 2021), Madeline in The Fall of the House of Usher (OPERA2DAY, 2020) and Servilia in La clemenza di Tito (Conservatorium van Amsterdam, 2020).
Through the young artist program Jonge Grote Zangers, Emma regularly performs as a recitalist in the Netherlands. She sang at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as part of the Jonge Grote Zangers Masterclass Series with Sergei Leiferkus (2021) and opened for Matthias Goerne at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (2022). Furthermore, Emma collaborated with the Montreal-based company Ensemble Volte and performed as a soloist in their concert Les galanteries sauvages (2019).
While studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Emma was recognised for her academic achievements. She recently completed her Master of Classical Voice where she graduated with distinction cum laude. For her master thesis, titled Interpreting religious works in a non-religious context - An in-depth study of Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, she was awarded 10 cum laude. For this program, Emma received the prestigious Holland Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
Emma recently participated in the Talent Gala 2021 of the Opéra de Montréal as a national finalist of the Atelier lyrique. Furthermore, she was named as one of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques of Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 where she was awarded international engagements and training sessions with the Bologna Opera (Italy), the Académie de la Roche d’Hys (France), the Nüremberg Opera (Germany) and the Slovak State Philharmonic Košice (Slovakia). Emma is grateful to the Jeunesses musicales du Canada for their generous support.
An inquisitive and intuitive performer, Emma strives to deepen her craft through various somatic approaches, notably yoga and Alexander Technique. She is passionate about interdisciplinary collaborations, having studied the piano and the violin at the Conservatoire de Val-d’Or and having taken ballet lessons for over ten years.