Canadian soprano Emma Fekete recently completed her Master of Classical Voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she graduated 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 a 10 cum laude. For this program, she received the Holland Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
This upcoming season (2021/22), Emma will participate in L'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal's national auditions and Talent Gala. Other performances include the 27th Gala of Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Montréal and the Philharmonic Friday (cond. Ed Spanjaard) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Performances of the 2020/21 season include Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and her debut recital with Grote Zangers. Emma was also invited to work with acclaimed Russian baritone Sergei Leiferkus and perform in the Concertgebouw's Kleine Zaal as part of Grote Zanger's Masterclass Series.
During the 2019/20 season, Emma sang the role of Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito as well as Fauré's Requiem with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and returned to OPERA2DAY in the role of Madeline in Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include OPERA2DAY’s production Dangerous Liaisons in collaboration with the Netherlands Bach Society where she premiered the role of Cécile de Volanges, as well as performing excerpts from Rameau’s most beloved operas with Ensemble Volte under the baton of Thomas Le-Duc-Moreau.
Throughout her studies, Emma stood out in several competitions and received numerous grants, including the Canadian Governor General’s Award for her college studies (2015), placing second at the Canadian Music Competition (2016) and being awarded a study grant from the Desjardins Foundation (2018). Emma is thankful to the Jeunesses musicales du Canada for their precious support.
Prior to her university studies, Emma received 13 years of musical training from her hometown conservatory in Val-d’Or where she studied the violin and the piano. She currently resides in Amsterdam and studies with Don Marrazzo and Lauren Athey-Janka.