Mezzo-soprano Emily Hodkinson is currently studying a Masters in Vocal Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Clare Shearer. From September she joins the RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School. Her studies are supported by the Ena Mitchell Scholarship, John & Barbara Beaumont Bursary and the Liz Chant Bursary.
Previously, Emily studied Music at the University of York (2017) and is a graduate of The Sixteen’s Genesis Sixteen training scheme, she was a Fellow of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (2017-18), and a Vocal Apprentice at the 2018 Southwell Music Festival.
Operatic roles include: Dinah cover Trouble in Tahiti (RCS); Sara Tobias and the Angel (Streetwise Opera); Nancy Albert Herring, Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Aspect Opera); La Tasse Chinoise & L’écureuil L’enfant et les sortilèges, Fatima Oberon, Sorceress Dido & Aeneas (University of York Opera Society); Masha Paradise Moscow, Lucy cover Threepenny Opera (University of York); Mrs Jaffett Noye’s Fludde (Music For Everyone).
Scenes include: Charlotte Werther, Jo Little Women, Oberon A Midsummer Nights Dream, Ruggiero Alcina, Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro (RCS).
Emily is a Selected Artist for Making Music UK in the 2019-20 Guide. Forthcoming engagements include the role of the Spirit in Dido & Aeneas (Ryedale Festival), Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Watford Youth Sinfonia), Chorus Götterdämmerung (Edinburgh International Festival) and Wellgunde Das Rheingold (Edinburgh Players Opera Group).
On the concert platform she has performed with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Gresham’s School at St John Smith Square; sung MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with Aldeburgh Voices, both with the NYCGB Fellowship. She has performed at Beverley Early Music Festival with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; premiered the role of Joan the Knight (La Pucelle, Rose Hall) for the York Spring Festival of New Music; sung Duruflé’s Requiem and JS Bach’s Ascension Oratorio both for Yorkshire Bach Choir; and performed Elgar’s The Music Makers with the Nottingham Festival Chorus.
Emily was a Fellow of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in 2017-18, performing as part of the Fellowship Octet, which included performances at the London A Capella Festival, Cadogan Hall, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, a residency at the Snape Maltings, a BBC Radio 3 In Tune broadcast and recording a number of new releases.
Emily had the honour of being the first Female Alto to sing with the Men and Boys Choirs at Southwell Minster in February 2018, a landmark moment in the Minsters 900+ year history.