“Emily Hodkinson played Madame Larina with vocal precision and a secure sense of her status.” (Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin, Opera Holland Park Young Artist Performances, June 2022)

Opera Magazine

“It is amazing what difference a wig and cap can make. Having met Emily Hodkinson at a Young Artists event earlier in the year I was very struck by how different her Madame Larina was from the real Emily. This Larina was very poised and centred, cool almost and she had a Jane Austen-esque sense of floating through life unaware of the little dramas eddying round her.” (Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin, Opera Holland Park Young Artist Performances, June 2022)

Planet Hugill

“Emily Hodkinson simpered personably as the Minskwoman, a role that found her relishing the spotlight in her opening solo but otherwise undersold her vocal and dramatic potential.” (Minskwoman, Flight, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, March 2022)

Opera Magazine

“Emily Hodkinson’s Jenny, Macheath’s favourite brothel girl, gave a lovely Solomon’s Song and a lively Tango Ballad with Macheath…” (Jenny, Die Dreigroschenoper, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, February 2020)

Bachtrack

“…Did the Festival Chorus capture the spirit of the work? Undoubtedly. There was an almost palpable sense of commitment so that at climazes, joined by the resplendent orchestra and the noble singing of mezzo Emily Hodkinson, the effect was thrilling.” (The Music Makers, Nottingham Festival Chorus, February 2019)

Nottingham Evening Post

“The four soloists (Ruth Provost, Emily Hodkinson, Adam Torrance and Geoff Williams) provided much elegantly beautiful singing.” (Nottingham Festival Chorus, October 2017)

Nottingham Evening Post

“Rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Emily Hodkinson pushed the repetition-laden narrative along at a cracking pace.” (Composers and Poets Showcase, Leeds Lieder Festival, April 2017)

Write Out Loud

“Wendy Goodson and Emily Hodkinson were clear and musicianly in their important contrasting arias.” (Yorkshire Bach Choir, March 2016)

York Press

“The young soloists sang with great commitment and conviction in a work that, although well- known and frequently performed, is not easy.” (Nidderdale Messiah, Nov 2015)

Harrogate Advertiser

“Soloists Grace Chapman and Emily Hodkinson proved a well-matched duo in the Soprano/Alto duet ‘Laudamus Te’.” (Ilkley Cantores Olicanae, Nov 2015)

 Ilkley Gazette

“The amatory frustrations of four young Muscovite couples are excellently varied. Foremost among them are the nicely-balanced Sasha and Masha of Chris Murphy and Emily Hodkinson.’ (Masha, Paradise Moscow, Oct 2015)

York Press

“Emily Hodkinson was particularly captivating in this role and her connection to the piece was evident to the audience throughout.” (La Pucelle, April 2015)

Unknown Magazine

The vibrant young British mezzo-soprano, Emily Hodkinson, with a a voice described as ‘silvery, mellifluous and warm’ is an Opera Holland Park 2022 Young Artist, and a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“It is amazing what difference a wig and cap can make. Having met Emily Hodkinson at a Young Artists event earlier in the year I was very struck by how different her Madame Larina was from the real Emily. This Larina was very poised and centred, cool almost and she had a Jane Austen-esque sense of floating through life unaware of the little dramas eddying round her

Planet Hugill, June 2022 – Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin – Opera Holland Park Young Arrtist

About

Emily Hodkinson, Mezzo-Soprano

Nottingham-born mezzo-soprano Emily Hodkinson is a recent graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Clare Shearer, and was the recipient of a Sybil Tutton Opera Award, the Ena Mitchell Scholarship and the Ulrike Wilson Scholarship. Prior to this she graduated with a First-class honours degree in Music from the University of York, and completed a year of postgraduate study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before joining the opera school.

Emily is an Opera Holland Park Young Artist for 2022, singing Madame Larina in the Young Artist performances of Eugene Onegin. She was the winner of the Rodney Gibson Early Music Prize at the 2021 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, and was a Selected Artist for Making Music UK for 2019-21. In 2018 she was the winner of the Liz Chant Bursary Competition and the John & Barbara Beaumont Bursary Competition.

Emily’s operatic roles include Madame Larina Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park Young Artist), Nancy Albert Herring(New Palace Opera), Minskwoman Flight, Jenny Die Dreigroschenoper (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Spirit Dido & Aeneas (Ryedale Festival); Wellgunde Das Rheingold (Edinburgh Players Opera Group); Sara Tobias and the Angel(Streetwise Opera); Nancy Albert Herring and Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Aspect Opera), Masha Paradise Moscow, La tasse Chinoise and L’écureuil L’enfant et les Sortilèges and Sorceress Dido & Aeneas (University of York). In scenes, Title Role Cendrillon, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Hermia and Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charlotte Werther, Jo Little Women and Ruggiero Alcina, Dorabella Così fan tutte and Book of Fate The Enchanted Pig.

Operatic roles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland lost to Covid-19 include: Tolomeo Giulio Cesare, Geneviève Impressions de Pelléas, La libellule/l’écureuil L’enfant et les Sortilèges conducted by Martyn Brabbins with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites.

Chorus work includes Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer at the 2022 Grange Park Festival, Wagner’s Götterdämmerungat the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival, and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas at the 2019 Ryedale Festival.

Emily is a keen concert soloist and recital giver, with recent engagements including Elgar’s Sea Pictures at the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham in a pre-concert recital before the BBC Philharmonic; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle with York Musical Society; Manor Opera’s Gala in the Garden, Beethoven’s Mass in C with London Oriana Choir, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with Watford Youth Sinfonia and Elgar’s The Music Makers with Nottingham Festival Chorus.

Emily is an experienced choral singer, having sung with groups such as Britten Sinfonia Voices, the Dunedin Consort, the Carice Singers and Echo. She was a Fellow of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and a member of Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s prestigious training programme led by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. In 2018 she had the honour of being the first Female Alto to sing with the Men and Boys Choir at Southwell Minster, a landmark moment in the Minsters 900+ year history.

Emily is represented by Peter Hall at Musichall Ltd.

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