Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Emma Robertson is a soprano living in Boston, MA. She holds a masters degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a bachelors degree in Music Performance from the University of Georgia.
While juggling school and part-time work, Ms. Robertson was enrolled in the Vinceró Online Vocal Academy. She had the privilege of studying three roles: Adina (L’Elisir), Susanna (Nozze di Figaro), and Musetta (Bohème), the latter for which she was offered partial scholarship. She has been working with such notable instructors as Abdiel Vàzquez, Stefano de Peppo, and Irina Meachem. She also took part in masterclasses and seminars with Angel Blue, Pretty Yende, Craig Rutenburg, Ana de Archuleta, and David Lomelli. Emma made her Carnegie Hall Debut with the program in January 2023.
In the summer of 2022, Ms. Robertson was offered the great opportunity to perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Upper Valley Baroque Ensemble in New Hampshire. She then made a quick 180 to perform the role of the Baker’s Wife from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods with the North End Music and Performing Arts Center and the Boston Festival Orchestra.
In 2021, Ms. Robertson was a studio artist with Opera Maine, where she performed in the ensemble of L’Élisir d’amore and covered the role of Gianetta.
In 2019, she won the Kay and Jimmy Garrison Student Grand Prize at the Orpheus Vocal Competition, which gave her necessary scholarship and funding to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria later that summer. Over the course of six-weeks, Ms. Robertson studied with renowned soprano legend Evangelina Colón (it was also through this experience where she met her current voice teacher, Michael Meraw).
Photos by Gina Licul, 2023
A few months later, she was an Encouragement Award recipient at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Atlanta, GA. Through this experience, she was invited to coach with Nate Raskin, an opera coach on faculty at the Met, and was granted a semi-finalist spot in for the Lindemann Young Artist Development program.
Ms. Robertson graduated the University of Georgia in 2020 with a bachelors degree in Music Performance. There, she studied with mezzo-soprano Dr. Elizabeth Johnson-Knight. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Ms. Robertson gained solo and choral experience that shaped her perception of performing and what evidently encouraged her to pursue a career as a musician. Not only was this the first time in her life that she had decidedly studied and dedicated herself to voice, but it was the first time she put those skills to the test in different competitions throughout the country.
Emma had the immense privilege of taking home the first place undergraduate student scholarship in the 2018 Atlanta Opera Guild Scholarship Competition. That same year, she made her way to the NATS National Competition, where she won second place overall. Just a year earlier, in her first ever vocal competition venture, Ms. Robertson was one of ten vocalist recognized within the entire country to compete at the annual Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition in Clarinda, IA where she placed 3rd at 18 years old.
In 2018, she was cast as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) with the Aquilon Music Festival and Young Artist Program in McMinnville, OR, her first exposure to young artist programs. The program is still run today by bass-baritone Anton Belov.