Mezzo-soprano Emily Hodkinson was born in Nottingham. She graduated with a 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. She is gratefully supported by the RCS Trust and is a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award holder.
She is a 2019-20 Selected Artist for Making Music UK.
Roles at the Alexander Gibson Opera School in 2019-20 include Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites, Jenny Die Dreigroschenoper, La Fortuna L’incoronazione di Poppea and understudy Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia. In scenes, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel.
Operatic roles include Spirit Dido & Aeneas for (Ryedale Festival); 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); La Tasse Chinoise & L’écureuil L’enfant et les sortilèges and Fatima Oberon (University of York Opera Society); Masha Paradise Moscow (University of York).
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.
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.