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 in September 2019, where she is taught by Clare Shearer. Her studies have been gratefully supported by Ulrike Wilson, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award and the RCS Trust Ena Mitchell Scholarship.
She is a Selected Artist for Making Music UK.
Roles at the Alexander Gibson Opera School in 2020-21 include Minskwoman Flight*, Tolomeo Giulio Cesare*, Geneviève Impressions de Pelléas* and La libellule/l’écureuil L’enfant et les Sortilèges. In 2019-20, 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 in 2019-20 include 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).
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 was the winner of the Liz Chant Bursary competition, the John & Barbara Beaumont Bursary competition and 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 due to Covid-19