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 2019, where she is taught by Clare Shearer. She is a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award holder and is supported by the RCS Trust. She is a 2019-20 Selected Artist for Making Music UK.
Operatic roles include Spirit (Dido & Aeneas) for Ryedale Festival; Charlotte (Werther), Jo (Little Women), Oberon (A Midsummer Nights Dream), Ruggiero (Alcina), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro) for RCS Opera Scenes; cover Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) for AGOS; Sara (Tobias and the Angel) for Streetwise Opera; Nancy (Albert Herring), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) for Aspect Opera; La Tasse Chinoise & L’écureuil (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Fatima (Oberon), Sorceress (Dido & Aeneas) for the University of York Opera Society; Masha (Paradise Moscow), cover Lucy (Threepenny Opera) for the University of York; and Mrs Jaffett (Noye’s Fludde) for Music For Everyone.
On the concert platform in 2019 she has performed Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Watford Youth Sinfonia), Elgar’s The Music Makers (Nottingham Festival Chorus), Wellgunde in Das Rheingold (Edinburgh Players Opera Group), chorus for Berlioz’s L'enfance du Christ at the BBC Proms with Britten Sinfonia Voices, chorus for Götterdämmerung at the Edinburgh International Festival, and premiered Malcolm Lindsay’s ‘Flow Country’ with the Dunedin Consort at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Prior soloist engagements include Mozart’s Litaniae Lauretanae at St John Smith Square (European Union Chamber Orchestra, Gresham’s School, NYCGB Fellowship), MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross for the 2018 Snape Maltings Easter Weekend (Aldeburgh Voices, NYCGB Fellowship), Duruflé’s Requiem and JS Bach’s Ascension Oratorio (Yorkshire Bach Choir), Mozart’s Requiem (Stamford Choral Society) and Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Nottingham Festival Chorus).
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.