Ema Nikolovska

Mezzo-soprano, Samling Artist Programme: 2020

I am greatly enjoying spending time with colleagues and mentors connecting to our work outside of our regular working lives, and being stimulated by new considerations in our practice. It’s rare to have such an opportunity to devote a week to this kind of focus and communion, and I can’t wait to try out in performance the ideas that are arising from such a unique experience.

Agent website: ycat.co.uk

Photo: Ema Nikolovska at Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, 7 March 2020. Photo credit: Mark Pinder

Born in Macedonia, Ema grew up in Toronto where she completed a degree in violin at The Glenn Gould School. She obtained her Masters at the Guildhall School (with Professors Susan McCulloch and Rudolf Piernay), where she won the Wigmore Prize, and is currently on the Opera Course.

Ema is a BBC New Generation Artist, YCAT Artist, won The Eugène Panebakker LiedDuo Award at the 53rd International Vocal Competition with Michael Sikich in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and the 2019 Ferrier Loveday Song Prize.

Season highlights include recital debuts at the Luzern and Salzburg Festivals with Sir András Schiff (Zefka in Janáček’s Diary of One Who Disappeared), recitals at the Boulez Saal, Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger-Frühling and Verbier Festivals. Opera roles include Celia (Haydn, La fedeltà premiata), Sister Edgar (Lliam Paterson, The Angel Esmeralda, world premiere) and Dido (Purcell, Dido and Aeneas). In September, Ema joins the Berlin Staatsoper International Opera Studio.

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