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Emma Jayakumar

Australian born soprano Emma Jayakumar studied Opera at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she gained a Graduate Diploma of Opera. While at the Academy, she performed the roles of Nella in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Lucia in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. After graduating, Emma performed the role of Miss Wordsworth in the British Youth Opera's 2007 production of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring in which a Times review praised her as “a particularly good Miss Wordsworth, twittering away in Emma Jayakumar's silvery soprano”. (The Times, 11 September 2007)

In 2008 Emma embarked on a year-long tour with the acclaimed Armonico Consort, performing the roles of Cherubino and Susanna in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at major summer festivals in Brighton, Norwich, Warwick, Chichester and further afield at festivals in Ireland and Israel.

Emma has also performed at the prestigious Vienna State Opera as one of the Blumenm├Ądchen in Wagner's Parsifal as winner of the Opera Foundation Australia's Vienna State Opera Award in 2004. She has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships and competitions including the Herald Sun Aria (2005), the OAC Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship (2006) and the Meistersinger Audience and Faculty vote award in Graz, Austria where she studied at the American Institute of Music in 2003.

For West Australian Opera Emma recently toured to the Kimberley for the Opera in Education programme and the Boab Festival in Derby.

Emma studied voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Master of Music) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Bachelor of Music) where she performed the leading roles in numerous productions including Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Susannah in Susannah, Apollo in Il Parnaso confuso, Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea and Ophelia in The Falling.

Emma recently co- founded the new chamber opera ensemble Lark Chamber Opera with her long time colleague, renowned pianist Tommaso Pollio, for whom she has also composed and devised original chamber music for children.