2012 – Emma Parkinson

Emma ParkinsonAccording to adjudicators, “She rose to the top of the ‘ear’ chart with the quality of her exquisite voice.”

Mezzo-soprano Emma Parkinson calls Lethbridge home, but her voice, described as possessing “seductive vocal allure and impeccable liquid legato,” belongs to the world. She made her solo debut as Siébel in Faust with Opéra de Montréal this spring and will debut in Europe as Mercedes this summer in a new production of Carmen with Seefestspiele Berlin.

Winter will see her back at Opéra de Montréal playing Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.

In between, she continues to study with world-renowned vocal coach Gerald Martin Moore in New York, and internationally recognized counter-tenor Daniel Taylor in Montreal.

Parkinson completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge and her master’s degree at McGill University. A laureate of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, Parkinson toured China in December 2011 with the Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Montréal. In 2010, she was one of only two mezzo-sopranos selected as a young artist in the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra de Montréal, a training program designed to develop professional singers. She is in her final season with this program.