RECIPIENT OF THE VOSHEGE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Emilia Bertolini is studying a Bachelor of Music with Honours and a concurrent Diploma in Italian at the University of Melbourne. She is the recipient of the Murray Ormond Vagg Scholarship and her singing teachers are Suzanne Johnston and Roger Howell. Emilia speaks French and Italian fluently and is currently enamoured of Baroque and Classical repertoire, particularly the music of Rameau, Pergolesi, Handel and Mozart.
Over the past year, Emilia has been involved in an eclectic range of performances. Emilia has been a member of Opera Scholars Australia since 2015 and year she is the proud recipient of David and Patrick Hardy Scholarship. This has afforded her the opportunity to sing in Opera in The Alps and Opera in The Market in 2016 and 2017 alongside such acclaimed artists as Greta Bradman, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Alexandra Flood and Shanul Sharma. In March, Emilia participated in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s rendition of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater as an ensemble member and soloist. In 2016 Emilia was selected to play the Second Spirit in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music presentation of excerpts from Die Zauberflöte under the expert guidance of Vienna-based director Beverly Blankenship. In April 2017, Emilia performed this role with Gertrude Opera conducted by Dr David Kram.
Emilia's love for music began at a young age, commencing violin studies at the age of six and eventually completing her eighth grade exam in 2012 before choosing to focus on singing. She received a music scholarship to attended Loreto Toorak from 2007-2014 and was actively involved in the school music program both as a violinist and as a singer. Emilia was introduced to the world of opera in 2008 when she was cast as Young Alice in the Victorian Opera production of Through the Looking Glass. Since then, Emilia’s love for opera has flourished and subsequent commitments have included numerous productions with Victorian Opera, Victorian Youth Opera, Opera Australia and Melbourne Opera.
Emilia has twelve years of experience as a chorister, beginning her training with the Young Voices of Melbourne at the age of eight, and Gondwana Voices at the age of ten. She participated in tours of Europe, America, Samoa, New Zealand and around Australia and was involved in collaborations with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Cat Empire. Since 2015, She has been the recipient of a scholarship at St Patrick’s Cathedral where she sings in the choir and as cathedral cantor.