Sydney-based soprano, Emma Fraser, completed a Bachelor and Post-Graduate Diploma in Music at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2005 was offered a two-year Emerging Performer Scholarship with the prestigious Australian Opera Studio in Perth, graduating with Honours. After relocating to London in 2008, Emma made her UK debut as "Susanna" in The Marriage of Figaro for Iford Arts in Bath.
Emma returned to New Zealand in 2009 and completed the final year of her Bachelor of Commerce degree whilst performing regularly around New Zealand. In 2011 she took up a one year Young Artist Scholarship with New Zealand Opera and made her debut with the company in 2012 as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Pamina in their Auckland School's tour of The Magic Flute and then returned in 2013 as a principal artist as Galatea in Handel's 'Acis and Galatea'.
Emma sings regularly with the Opera Australia chorus joining them for their 2014 Opera on the Harbour production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and their main stage production of Verdi's Otello in July 2014. She will join them again this year for their productions of Madama Butterfly in March and Turandot in the winter season.
Emma returns to New Zealand regularly to perform. Most recently in November 2014 as guest soprano soloist to sing in the New Zealand premier of Stölzel's Christmas Oratorio with the Auckland Bach Musica Society and Camina Burana with the Wellington Orchestra.
Emma's operatic repertoire includes title roles in Manon (Massenet) and Rodelinda (Handel); Galatea, Acis and Galatea (Handel), Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Pamina, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) Sandrina, La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart); Gilda, Rigoletto (Verdi); Despina, Così fan tutte (Mozart); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss); Olympia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach); Frasquita, Carmen (Bizet) Adele, die Fledermaus (J.Strauss), Lucy, The Telephone (Menotti), Elenora, Prima la musica (Salieri), Mabel, Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert and Sullivan), Elsie, The Yeoman of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan).
Concert repertoire includes soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah (City of Dunedin Choir) and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Australian Ballet), soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Camina Burana (Wellington Orchestra), Mozart's Exultate Jubilate Motet (Canterbury Symphony Orchestra), Handel's Solomon (Viva Voce, Auckland).
Emma was winner of the North Shore Becroft Aria Contest (2004), the Otago Daily Times Aria Contest (2003), the Christchurch Dame Malvina Major Aria Contest (2003) and runner-up in the Wellington Aria Contest (2003). She was a semi-finalist in the Mobil Song Quest (2002), finalist in The Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship (2003) and in 2007, achieved third place in New Zealand’s most internationally recognised singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest.
Emma has also made television appearances singing the South African National Anthem for the All Blacks vs South Africa test match in 2003, the French National Anthem for the All Blacks vs France Rugby Test Match 2009. Emma also loves performing in Music Theatre productions and has appeared on ABC LIVE radio performing as a soloist in the cabaret shows From Vienna to Hollywood and The Best of Sondheim in 2005 & 2006.