Canadian soprano Emma Fekete recently graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam’s bachelor program with honours and is currently pursuing her Master of Classical Voice with Don Marrazzo. For her studies in the Netherlands, she was awarded the Holland Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor the Kunsten.
For the upcoming 2019-2020 season, Emma will sing the roles of Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito and Soeur Constance in Dialogues des carmélites at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and will return to OPERA2DAY in the role of Madeline in Philip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher. Furthermore, she will sing Fauré’s Requiem with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam Orchestra, conducted by Jos Vermunt.
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 the piano with Suzanne Ouellet and Hugues Cloutier.
"[...] 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