Born in Belfast, Emma Morwood studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Claire Croiza Prize for French Song.
Currently working with Patricia McMahon she has sung with many of Europe’s finest orchestras and conductors, including: Handel Opera Arias, Prussian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin; Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Ulster Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, Usher Hall; Gondai’s Rapid Welcoming Descent (premier), The Philharmonia, Royal Festival Hall; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Halsey; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy; Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Ulster Orchestra; and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Northern Sinfonia/Halsey.
On the operatic stage, Emma has undertaken leading roles across Scotland, Ireland and Northern England to critical acclaim (see national reviews in ‘News’ section). Recent roles include Amore and Minerva in The Return of Ulysses (Monteverdi) with Opera Collective Ireland, conducted by Christian Curnyn. Other roles include Lila (cover) in David Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Opera North); Diana (cover) in Offenbach’s Orpheus in The Underworld (Scottish Opera/NI Opera); Pamina in The Magic Flute (Opera Theatre Company (OTC)); Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (Buxton Festival/OTC); Micaela in Carmen (New Devon Opera); and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Irish tour/OTC).
Having studied with Malcolm Martineau as Crear Scholars, Emma regularly gives recitals with duo partner, Jonathan Fisher. They have performed at the Belfast Festival at Queen’s and also appear on the soundtrack of Oscar nominated film ’45 Years’.
Emma also regularly writes and performs education workshops for Edinburgh International Festival.