RECIPIENT OF THE JOHN AND ANNE DUNCAN SCHOLARSHIP
Soprano Emilia Bertolini is a versatile musician whose performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, art song, recital, chamber music and early music. Emilia is a curious musician dedicated to reviving the music of the past and discovering lesser known works to inspire and enthrall modern audiences. Emilia brings all her musical endeavours to life through her bright, bell-like vocal tone, her attention to stylistic accuracy and her elegant performance style.
This year holds an array of exciting opportunities for Emilia, including being selected to take part in the Young Songmaker Development Program with Songmakers Australia, performing Couperin’s Trois Leçons de Ténèbres with Ensemble Ancien as part of the Spotlight Series at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, making her European debut in the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, and singing as the soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem with the Melbourne Bach Choir. Emilia has been a part of Opera Scholars Australia for four years, and this year she is the proud recipient of the John and Anne Duncan Scholarship. Emilia has appeared as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beatus vir, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and played Despina in scenes from Così fan tutte. Emilia has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the AEH Nickson Travelling Scholarship, the Hedy Holt and Roger Prochazka Memorial Award at the 38th National Liederfest, the Murray Ormond Vagg Scholarship and the St Patrick’s Cathedral Scholarship from 2015 to 2018 where she sang in the choir and as cathedral cantor. In 2018, Emilia also made her debut with Lyric Opera Melbourne in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias and understudied the role of Yniold in Victorian Opera’s production of Pelleas and Melisande. Emilia holds a Bachelor of Music with first-class Honours from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne and, being an avid linguist too; holds Diplomas in both French and Italian from the University of Melbourne and is currently taking German language classes at the Goethe Institut.
Emilia hopes to eventually relocate to Europe to pursue a varied and unique performance career. Emilia aspires to have a career in which she is constantly learning something new and working with others devoted to the pursuit of excellence in music.