Vivacious and commanding on the operatic stage, silver toned Emily Burke is a singer from Hobart who continued her vocal studies in Melbourne. In 2002 she continued her language study in Italy and has had much success on the international competition circuit. Twice finalist in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program and semi-finalist in the Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw, Poland and Winner of The Puccini Italian Foundation Award. Mirella Freni personally selected Emily to study with her at her school in Vignola, Italy.
In 2006 she made her operatic debut singing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto for Opera Australia. Debuts with Victorian Opera and Opera Queensland closely followed and also internationally in Tokyo for IFAC as Anna in Nabucco.
In 2008/9 Emily was awarded a Young Artist Program with Opera Queensland and has performed and understudied many roles for the company including Despina in Così fan tutte, Dame Nellie Melba in Waltzing Our Matilda, Gilda in Rigoletto, First Lady and First Wise Woman in The Magic Flute and Marzelline in Fidelio, Giannetta (and understudied Adina) in The Elixir of Love. For Victorian Opera Emily understudied the Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw and sang in an Opera Gala.
On the concert platform, performances include: Opera in the Bowl with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Oleg Caetani; A Puccini Spectacular and Opera Galas with Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Fritsch; Opera Australia’s 50th Birthday Celebrations, Adelaide Art Orchestra with Timothy Sexton and Victorian Opera with Orchestra Victoria and Richard Gill;
Opera Queensland's Sunset Opera; the National Gallery of Australia’s 25th anniversary celebrations and charity performances for Anglicare and the Queensland Flood relief. Emily was named as 2008 Australia Day Ambassador.
For the 2012/13 seasons, engagements include The Lady in Waiting in Macbeth, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Frasquita in Carmen, Clorinda in Cinderella and understudying Desdemona in Othello, all for Opera Queensland.
Somewhere in there she also managed to give birth to her pride and joy Banjo and is still standing to tell the tale!