(Born in England in 1970)
Emma Matthews is a British born Australian lyric soprano with strong coloratura capabilities.
Her career has been centred around Austalian companies and she is currently a Principal Artist with Opera Australia.
In her early years she was encouraged and mentored by Dame Joan Sutherland and her husband Richard Bonynge.
After a debut with the Western Australian Opera in 1991 Emma Matthews went on to perform with the State Opera of South Australia, the Victorian State Opera and Opera Queensland.
Her vocal prowess including a capability to reach a top F has made her a versatile artist taking on all manner of leading roles including the difficult and taxing role of Lulu - for which she won much acclaim and a slew of awards including a Helpmann Award, Mo Award, Remy Martin Award and Green Room Award.
Ms Matthews's repertoire includes Damigella in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Ilia in Idomeneo, Hero in Béatrice et Bénédict, Papagena and Pamina in The Magic Flute, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Marie in La Fille du Régiment, Nannetta in Falstaff, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Blonde and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus Dem Serail, Morgana in Alcina, Almirena in Rinaldo, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Sophie in Werther, Adele in Die Fledermaus and the title role in Lakme (with Opera Australia) - which was recorded and is available on DVD
Emma sang her first Violetta in La Traviata in March of 2012 in a new open air production that was played on a barge anchored in Sydney Harbour. Also in 2012 she reprised the role of Lucia Di Lammermoor for Opera Australia. Emma Matthews continues to enjoy continuing success as one of Australia's foremost sopranos.
She is married to singer Stephen Matthews.