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Canadian soprano Emma Fekete is 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. Emma has performed in Canada and abroad with OPERA2DAY, Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestre de l’Agora and Ensemble Volte, and has sung at venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Next season (2023-2024), she will make her debut with Opéra de Montréal as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and will sing the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Atelier lyrique. Additional engagements include Frasquita in Carmen with Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Mozart's Requiem with Orchestre classique de Montréal and covering Adina in L'Elisir d'amore with Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville.
An intuitive and curious performer, Emma is passionate about interdisciplinary collaborations and attaches great importance to the creation of new music. She made her operatic debut in 2019 in the world-premiere Dangerous Liaisons with OPERA2DAY in the role of Cécile de Volanges. She reprised the role three years later with Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn when asked to step in as a last-minute replacement. Subsequent operatic roles include Madeline in The Fall of the House of Usher with OPERA2DAY and La bergère/La pastourelle/La chouette in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Atelier lyrique. Emma made her concert debut with Ensemble Volte in Les galanteries sauvages in 2019 and has since performed with the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest in West Side Story - Live in Concert and the Société d’art vocal de Montréal.
Emma has received bursaries and grants from the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, the Jeunesses musicales du Canada, the Domaine Forget de Charlevoix and Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec. She was selected as one of Théâtre Lyrichorégra’s Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in 2021 and 2023 where she received international engagements and training opportunities and is a 2023 semifinalist of the Concorso Lirico Riccardo Zandonai. Having benefitted from the precious support of various organisations and communities throughout her career, Emma strives to give back by offering musical discovery opportunities to future generations. She recently wrote and hosted interactive workshops on the theme of The Magic Flute with young children in partnership with Val-d’Or en concerts.
Passionate about languages, culture and travel, Emma moved to the Netherlands in 2017 to pursue her vocal training. She earned her bachelor and master’s degree in vocal performance from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with high honours. Emma was a member of the young artist mentorship program, Jonge Grote Zangers, through which she sang at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and the Concertgebouw's Kleine Zaal.
From a young age, Emma was keen to develop her musical identity: she began violin lessons at the age of six and explored her Hungarian roots through Brahm’s Hungarian Dances as well as her Celtic roots during a fiddle camp in Cape Breton. She pursued her studies in violin and piano at the Conservatoire de Val-d’Or and took dance lessons for over a decade.
Emma is a current artist-in-residence with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 seasons.
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