Mezzo-soprano Emily Hodkinson was born in Nottingham. She graduated with a First class degree in Music from the University of York in 2017 and completed a year of postgraduate study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before joining the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, from which she graduated in 2021. Her studies have been gratefully supported by Ulrike Wilson, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award and the RCS Trust Ena Mitchell Scholarship.
In 2021 she joined the roster at Musichall Ltd.
She is an Opera Holland Park Young Artist for 2022, singing Madame Larina in the Young Artist performances of Eugene Onegin. Other engagements in 2022 include Elgar’s Sea Pictures at the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, in a pre-concert recital before the BBC Philharmonic, accompanied by Paul Provost; Minskwoman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle with York Musical Society; and chorus for Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with Bryn Terfel at Grange Park Opera.
She is the winner of the Liz Chant Bursary competition, the John & Barbara Beaumont Bursary competition and the Rodney Gibson Early Music Prize at the 2021 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, and was a Making Music UK Selected Artist for 2019-21.
Roles at the Alexander Gibson Opera School include Minskwoman Flight*, Tolomeo Giulio Cesare*, Geneviève Impressions de Pelléas*, La libellule/l’écureuil L’enfant et les Sortilèges* conducted by Martyn Brabbins, Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites*, Jenny Die Dreigroschenoper, La Fortuna L’incoronazione di Poppea* and understudy Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia. In scenes, Cendrillon Cendrillon, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Concert engagements include Sea Pictures Elgar (Royal Concert Hall Nottingham), Manor Opera’s Gala in the Garden, a recital at the Southwell Music Festival, Mass in C Beethoven (London Oriana Choir), Sea Pictures Elgar (Watford Youth Sinfonia), Wellgunde Das Rheingold (Edinburgh Players Opera Group) and The Music Makers Elgar (Nottingham Festival Chorus). Choral and chorus work includes Seven Last Words from the Cross MacMillan* (Dunedin Consort), L’enfance du Christ Berlioz (Britten Sinfonia Voices) at the 2019 BBC Proms, Götterdämmerung at the Edinburgh International Festival, and premiering Flow Country Malcolm Lindsay with the Dunedin Consort at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Operatic roles include Spirit Dido & Aeneas for (Ryedale Festival); Wellgunde Das Rheingold and Grimgerde Die Walküre* (Edinburgh Players Opera Group); cover Dinah Trouble in Tahiti (RCS); Sara Tobias and the Angel (Streetwise Opera); Nancy Albert Herring and Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Aspect Opera).
Emily is also an experienced performer of contemporary classical music, having performed and premiered a number of works ranging from opera to song cycles to chamber works including, The Ways of Love^ song cycle (Guy Turner) premiering at the 2021 Southwell Music Festival; the role of Joan the Knight in La Pucelle^ (Rose Hall) premiered at the York Spring Festival of New Music; Shona’s Song^ (Omar Shahryar) premiered at Leeds Lieder Festival; Tender Buttons^ (Adam Bonser), Three Pieces^ (Sarah Stanley), Lament for Chu Capital^ (Chai Jai) Lakeside (Dai Fujikura)and Cantatrix Sopranica (Unsuk Chin) with The Chimera Ensemble.
^ denotes a premiere
Previously, Emily was a Fellow of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for 2017-18, she is a graduate of The Sixteen’s Genesis Sixteen training scheme and was a Vocal Apprentice at the 2018 Southwell Music Festival.
In 2018 she had the honour of being the first Female Alto to sing with the Men and Boys Choirs at Southwell Minster, a landmark moment in the Minsters 900+ year history.
* = Cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19