French Canadian soprano Emma Fekete recently graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she received her Bachelor in Classical Voice with the mention “Very good / Excellent” under the tutelage of Don Marrazzo. She was awarded a full scholarship, the Holland Scholarship, and the Talent Grant from the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Before studying abroad, Emma received her Diploma of College Studies in Music from the Conservatoire de Montréal in 2016.
Throughout her studies, Emma won awards in several competitions and received many 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).
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, Alexander Oliver, Dr. Bretton Brown, Nathalie Doucet, Olivier Godin, Jan-Paul Grijpink, Ed Spaanjard and Floris Visser.
Her operatic performances include Second woman in Dido and Aeneas - Purcell (2016) as well as Colette in L’ivrogne corrigé - Gluck (2017) at the Conservatoire de Montréal, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro - Mozart (2018) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. This past year, she had her international debut in the role of Cécile in the world-premiere Vivaldi-Dangerous Liaisons, a production of the Dutch company Opera2Day (2019). Recently, Emma was invited to perform as a soloist with Ensemble Volte, conducted by Thomas Le-Duc-Moreau for the concert Les Galanteries Sauvages (2019).
This fall, Emma will pursue her Master of Classical Voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and will perform once more with Opera2Day in 2020 in the role of Madeline Usher in Phillip Glass’ opera The Fall of the House of Usher.
"[...] 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, Juin 2019