Emma Selway - mezzo-soprano
Emma Selway made her operatic debut at English National Opera as Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly. Since then roles have included Charlotte in the UK premiere of Zimmermannís Die Soldaten, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen and Waltraute The Valkyrie (ENO), Hippolyta A Midsummer Nightís Dream (Royal Opera House), Pauline The Queen of Spades (Welsh National Opera), Dorabella (Opera North/Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Sesto La Clemenza di Tito (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), The Musician Manon Lescaut and Cephisa Ermione (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Idamante (Canadian Opera Company/Opera Northern Ireland), Penelope Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria (Birmingham Opera Company), title role Carmen (English Touring Opera), Anna Seven Deadly Sins (Batignano), Madame Popova The Bear (The Opera Group) and the title role in The Rape of Lucretia (Cambridge University Opera Society). She sung Judit Duke Bluebeardís Castle in Cambridge for The Opera Group, and has subsequently covered the role for the Royal Opera, Opťra de Nancy, Scottish Opera and WNO.
She has created the roles of Madame in The Maids with music by John Lunn at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, Firk Thwaite by JŁrgen Simpson for Almeida Opera with performances in London, Dublin and Aldeburgh,Wife in Jonathan Doveís An Old Way to Pay New Debts and Queen in Luke Bedfordís Seven Angels for The Opera Group. She sung in Alexander Goehrís Kantan and Damask Drum with Almeida Opera at the Aldeburgh Festival, then in London and Paris and covered the title role in Sophieís Choice for the ROH.
She has an extensive oratorio repertoire including Messiah, Bachís Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat and St Matthew Passion, Mozartís Requiem, Schubertís Mass in A flat, Mendelssohnís Elijah, Rossiniís Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Verdiís Requiem, and Elgarís The Music Makers and The Dream of Gerontius. Concert performances include Le Martyre de St Sťbastiane with the Hallť Orchestra/Nagano, Seven Sacraments, a dramatic oratorio by Neil Bartlett, Nicolas Bloomfield and Leah Hausman, at the Brighton Festival, Mahlerís Symphony No 2 and Elgarís Sea Pictures with the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Mozartís Mass in C minor with the London Mozart Players, Mahlerís Symphony No 8 with the St Bartholomewís Hospital Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, the British premiere of Bacalovís Misa Tango with the Crouch End Festival Chorus at the Barbican Concert Hall, Berliozís Les Nuits díEtť for the Wagner Society, Beethovenís Symphony No 9 for Raymond Gubbay at the Barbican, and Brittenís Spring Symphony and Verdiís Requiem with the Guinness Choir in Dublin.
Emma Selway studied at the Royal Academy of Music from 1989 to 1992 and the National Opera Studio. She won a number of prizes at the RAM including the Opera Prize, the Isabella Lucas Prize and the Tom Hammond Prize. Amici di Verdi supported her study at the NOS. She was a finalist in the 1991 Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Competition. She now studies with Mollie Petri.
Most recent engagements include Kascheyevna in Rimsky-Korsakovís Kaschey the Immortal and Lady of the Castle in Sibeliusís Maiden in the Tower (Buxton Festival).