"This performance benefited from the perfect casting of mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds... Edmonds, fresh-faced and pretty, brought an energetic, almost naive sense of wonder to her various personas. Her almost breathless narratives immediately captivated me, as did her singing."
– Seen and Heard
"Emily Edmonds is an acting mezzo soprano who not only sings richly but delivers her lines with just the right rhythms and cadences."
– Berkshire Fine Arts
"With such lean performing forces, quality counts, and we get it in spades in Edmonds’ molasses-and-honey mezzo…"
– Broadway World
"Herford and Edmonds give blistering performances."
– The Sunday Times
"With so much inhumanity on display, the very real human instincts and indulgences of Emily Edmonds Varvara and Andrew Tortise’s Kudrjas were a welcome relief. Edmonds was full of zest and freedom of spirit - leaping impetuously (and literally) into Kudrjas arms in the ‘garden’ scene."
– Opera Today
"Australian mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds brought a much-appreciated touch of lightness to the opera in the role of the Kabanova's young ward Varvara."
– Daily Express
“Her stillness and expressive reactions were as impressive as her voice.”
– Australian Book Review
"... especially Emily Edmonds stood out for vocal power and use of the text."
– Limelight Magazine
Australian mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 2015-2017.
Most recently, Edmonds recorded the role of L’enfant for an acclaimed virtual production of Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges, produced by Vopera and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2020, she performed the UK premiere of Philip Venables’ acclaimed Denis & Katya, and toured the piece throughout the UK with Music Theatre Wales.
In November 2019, Edmonds performed the role of Dorabella in Classical Opera Company’s Così fan tutte. In September 2019, Edmonds made her US debut, performing Denis & Katya for Opera Philadelphia. Earlier in 2019, she sang the title role of L'enfant in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges at the Komische Oper Berlin. Edmonds also performed the role of Varvara in Richard Jones' Olivier award-winning new production of Katya Kabanova at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In December 2018, Edmonds appeared as Semira in Pinchgut Opera’s award-winning Australian Premiere of Hasse's Artaserse, which was released on CD by Pinchgut's Live label.
In the 2016/17 season, Edmonds performed the roles of Madrigal Singer Manon Lescaut, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, and Tebaldo Don Carlo for the Royal Opera. She also performed the role of Agathe/Dargelos in Glass' Les Enfants Terribles for the Royal Ballet, at the Barbican. In 2016/17 she covered the roles of Dorabella Così fan tutte, Magdalene Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Emilia Otello for the Royal Opera.
Edmonds holds a First Class Honours degree in Vocal Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was the Dame Nellie Melba Scholar and Patrick & Vivian Gordon awardee for the Melba Opera Trust. In 2015, Edmonds was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, in support of her vocal and language development abroad. She is an awardee of the Australian Music Foundation and the Tait Memorial Trust. Edmonds is also a recipient of the Dame Heather Begg Memorial Award.
Edmonds' theatrical training background is extensive and has involved productions, national touring, and comprehensive acting study with the Australian Theatre for Young People, and the Fresh Ink project. Pursuing her passion for theatre-making, she was Staff Director on the revival of Richard Jones’ Der Rosenkavalier in the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival season.
Other opera credits include Aglaea/Atropos/Bacchus Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Alms Sister Suor Angelica, Käthchen Werther, for the Royal Opera, Asteria in Pinchgut Opera’s production of Vivaldi’s Bajazet, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and the role of Dritte Magd in Strauss’s Elektra with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian premiere of George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill for Sydney Chamber Opera at Sydney Festival, Kate Julian in Britten’s Owen Wingrave with Sydney Chamber Opera, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera New England), and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte (Pacific Opera). Edmonds was also one of the six cast members in the world premiere of Philip Venables’ critically acclaimed new opera 4.48 Psychosis at the Lyric Hammersmith.
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