Canadian soprano Emma Fekete is currently completing her Master of Music in Classical Voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She recently graduated from the Bachelor program with honours, and was awarded the Holland Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
Upcoming projects include Philharmonic Friday Concert conducted by Ed Spaanjard, during which she will perform excerpts from Strauss’ Arabella (Zdenka) and Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie), as well as two opera productions at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam: Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche de la Force) and Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna).
This past season (2019-2020), Emma sang the roles of Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and returned to OPERA2DAY in the role of Madeline in Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher. Furthermore, she sang Fauré’s Requiem with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2018-2019 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.
Emma has had the opportunity to work with world renowned singers, pianists, conductors and directors in masterclass and workshop settings such as Margreet Honig, Xenia Meijer, Nelly Miricioiu, Ann Murray DBE, Alexander Oliver, Dr. Bretton Brown, Nathalie Doucet, Olivier Godin, Jan-Paul Grijpink, Matthew Rowe, Ed Spaanjard and Floris Visser.
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 in her category at the Canadian Music Competition (2016) and being awarded a study grant from the Desjardins Foundation (2018).
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 with Silviu Parlea and Diane Rodrigue, and the piano with Suzanne Ouellet and Hugues Cloutier.
Curriculum vitae, Fall 2020
"The musical plaudits went to [...] the two accomplished young
sopranos, Emma Fekete (the seduced virgin
Cécile) and Barbara Kozelj (the equally
compromised Madame de Tourvel)."
-Simon Mundy, Opera Now, March 2019
"[...] and the wonderful Emma Fekete, soprano, set the public ablaze with her interpretation of "Accourez, riante jeunesse", "Viens, Hymen", and "Air de la Folie"! Creating a surprise effect, Kerry Bursey joined her on stage for the passionate duet "Forêts paisibles", to which a choir was added, offering a spectacular finale with almost sixty musicians on stage!"
-Ensemble Volte, June 2019