Emma Curtis is an internationally recognised operatic Contralto, and has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ by International Record Review and ‘Best of Classical Vocal’ by AllMusic. Her career has taken her to the USA and throughout Europe, working with world reknowned conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Adès, William Christie, Sylvain Camberling, Kwamé Ryan, Nicholas McGegan and Harry Bicket. She also spent several years as a full time member of the solo ensemble at Staatstheater Stuttgart and has created principal roles in new works by Philippe Fénelon, Gérard Pesson and Jacques Lenot.
Her ‘happy place’ roles include Wagner’s Erda, First Norn and Schwertleite, Gaea in Strauss’ Daphne, Stravinsky’s Jocasta, Britten’s Lucretia, Tippet’s Sosostris and Strauss’ Klytämnestra. She enjoys playing strong women and heroic men, including earth goddesses, sorcerers, soothsayers, and ‘shadow’ characters.
Emma is the lead singer and artistic director of award-winning ensemble The Frolick specialising in 17th and 18th-century British pop music. She has collaborated with London’s foremost Museums, including The British Museum, Sir John Soanes’ Museum, the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and Dulwich Picture Gallery, creating performances and events for exhibitions and special occasions.
Read Emma’s opera resumé here
Emma has an MSc in Psychology with her dissertation in perception, violated expectation (surprise) and sustained attention. She teaches singing and public speaking from her studio near Esher, Surrey and online. She is also a stress management and resilience-building practitioner, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and master breathwork practitioner with a practice in London’s West End at Cavendish Square.