Vivacious and commanding on the operatic stage, silver toned Emily Burke is a singer from Hobart.
In 2002 she continued her language studies in Italy and had much success on the international competition circuit – twice finalist in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program and winner of The Puccini Italian Foundation Award. Emily was then personally selected by Mirella Freni to study at her school in Vignola, Italy.
In 2006 she made her operatic debut singing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto for Opera Australia followed closely by roles with Victorian Opera and Opera Queensland. Emily made her international debut in Tokyo for IFAC as Anna in Nabucco.
In 2008/9 Emily was awarded a Young Artist Program with Opera Queensland and has performed and understudied many roles for the company including Despina/Così fan tutte, Dame Nellie Melba/Waltzing Our Matilda, Gilda/Rigoletto, First Lady and First Wise Woman/The Magic Flute and Marzelline/Fidelio, as well as Giannetta and Adina (understudy)/The Elixir of Love. For Victorian Opera Emily understudied Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw and performed in the company’s Opera Gala.
Roles post 2012 include Lady in Waiting (Macbeth), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), Frasquita (Carmen), Clorinda (Cinderella), Musetta and Mimî (La bohème) and understudying the roles of Desdemona (Otello) and Gilda (Rigoletto). In 2015 Emily understudied Violetta in La traviataand performed the role of Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus before travelling to Italy to take up her Puccini Scholarship in Jesi and Milan.
For Opera Queensland in 2016, Emily sang the role of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Berta in The Barber of Seville. In 2017, Emily will again join OperaQ to perform the title role in The Merry Widow alongside David Hobson at Queensland Music Festival’s iconic Opera at Jimbour.
Emily’s most loved and cherished role is being a mother to son Banjo and daughter Lucia.