Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Emma Fraser

Emma Fraser

Biography for Emma Fraser, Soprano

Emma Fraser completed a Bachelor and Post-Graduate Diploma in Music and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) at the University of Otago. In 2005 she took up a two-year Emerging Performer Scholarship with the Australian Opera Studio in Perth, graduating with Honours. After relocating to London in 2007, Emma attended a two-week opera school in Tuscany and performed in festivals in Italy, France and the UK.

Her operatic repertoire includes title roles in Manon (Massenet) and Rodelinda (Handel); Sandrina, La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart); Gilda, Rigoletto (Verdi); Despina, Così fan tutte (Mozart); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss); Olympia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach); Pamina, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) Frasquita, Carmen (Bizet) and Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart).

Emma was winner of the North Shore Becroft Aria Contest (2004), the Otago Daily Times Aria Contest (2003), the Christchurch Dame Malvina Major Aria Contest (2003) and runner-up in the Wellington Aria Contest (2003). She was a semi-finalist in the Mobil Song Quest (2002), finalist in The Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship (2003) and in 2007, achieved third place in New Zealand’s most internationally recognised singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest.

Other performances include soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah (City of Dunedin Choir), and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Australian Ballet) and soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Vector Wellington Orchestra). In 2011, Emma was named an NBR New Zealand Opera 2011/2012 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist. 

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