Hailing from the North of England, soprano Emily Christina Loftus recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, where she was generously supported by the Leverhulme Arts Scholarship. Emily is a Samling Artist and Oxford Lieder Emerging Artist.
For the 2023 season Emily will make her role debut as Gretel for Opera Holland Park (Hänsel und Gretel - Young Artist) and Daughter 2 for English National Opera (Akhnaten - Cover). Emily will also join Oxford Lieder as a 2022-2024 Young Artist with pianist George Ireland – giving their next recital in the 2023 Spring Song Festival.
During the 21/22 season, Emily performed the role of Pamina for Opera North (WSO: The Magic Flute), as well as joining the chorus for English National Opera (Così Fan Tutte) Opera North (Parsifal) and the Glyndebourne Festival Autumn Season/Tour. Recital engagements included an Emerging Artist recital at Oxford Lieder along side Mary Bevan and a Guest Recital for Howdenshire Music.
Competition successes for 2022 include being a finalist in the Somerset Song Prize and semi-finalist in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards. In 2021, Emily was a semi-finalist in the Royal Overseas League Vocal Competition and the Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition.
Whilst at the Royal College of Music (2019-2021), Emily worked closely with Rosa Mannion and Caroline Dowdle, and was generously supported by the Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, Derek Butler Trust, Helen Marjorie Tonks Scholarship, Josephine Baker Trust and Sir James Caird Travel Scholarship. Emily is also a First Class graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she completed her undergraduate degree as a RCS Scholar, studying with Patricia MacMahon.
Emily has performed the roles of: Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (Opera Holland Park), Daughter 2 Akhnaten (English National Opera), Pamina The Magic Flute (Opera North, WSO), Papagena Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS) Evita/Girl in Jeans Scoring a Century (British Youth Opera) and Mary Crawford Mansfield Park (Edinburgh Studio Opera). Other roles performed include: Sister Constance Dialogues des Carmélites, Sophie Werther, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (RCM Opera Scenes), Ilia Idomeneo (RCS Opera Scenes) Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera and Musetta La Bohème (Fife Young Classical Artist).