Recipient of the John and Anne Duncan Scholarship
Soprano Emilia Bertolini is a versatile musician with a love of an eclectic range of music. 2019 has held a range of exciting opportunities for Emilia including being selected to take part in the Young Songmaker Development Program with Songmakers Australia, performing at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon with Ensemble Ancien, and going to Germany to perform the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.
In 2018, Emilia played the journalist in Lyric Opera Melbourne’s production of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias and understudied the role of Yniold in Victorian Opera’s Pelleas and Melisande. During her time at University, Emilia played Despina in scenes from Così fan tutte, and explored a variety of chamber music from Baroque composers Couperin and Lully, to Romantics Schubert and Schumann, and even dappled in Schoenberg's haunting Pierrot Lunaire.
Emilia's solo concert repertoire includes Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beatus vir and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Emilia has received several awards and scholarships including the AEH Nickson Travelling Scholarship, the Hedy Holt and Roger Prochazka Memorial Award at the 38th National Liederfest and the Murray Ormond Vagg Scholarship.
Emilia has been a member of Opera Scholars Australia for four years, and this year is the recipient of the program’s Voshege Scholarship.
Emilia holds a Bachelor of Music with first-class Honours from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and being an avid linguist, holds Diplomas in both French and Italian. In 2020, Emilia is most looking forward to competing as a finalist in the Opera Scholars Australia Aria competition which will be held as a part of Opera in the Market in February.