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Elizabeth Evans Trust (2008)
Sir John Cass Foundation (2008)
Susan Chilcott Scholarship (2008)
Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (2008)
Worshipful Company of Innholders (2008)
Roland Jones Award - National Eisteddfod (2010)
“…the singing is good…Emily-Jane Thomas’s Zerlina standing out” Review of Don Giovanni at Soho Theatre - The Stage/Edward Bhesania
“Emily-Jane Thomas was a delight as Zerlina, not least as she belied any discrepancy in physical stature compared to her betrothed with her powerful but dulcet tone…[her] alluring Zerlina disarmed Javier Borda's threatened violence as her jealous fiancé Masetto, in a finely observed sequence watched intently by the extras that regularly peopled the stage.” Review of Don Giovanni at Crowne Plaza Conference Center in Bahrain, Opera Correspondent George Younis
“Emily-Jane Thomas’ compliant Zerlina [is] beautifully drawn” Review of Don Giovanni at Soho Theatre - The Guardian/George Hall
“Emily-Jane Thomas’s lovely Zerlina would not be out of place in Covent Garden.” Review of Don Giovanni at Soho Theatre - The Independent/Michael Church
“I wanted to write to you to say how wonderful it was to see and work with you again. What a joy you are to work with and I thought your portrayal of Micaela was right on the button with a beautiful sense of naivety yet when required an inner strength that would carry her through.” Keith Cheetham/Director of Focus Opera, Carmen at Chiswick House and Garden
“The cast were all superb, especially Emily-Jane Thomas who played Musetta.” Online review of La Boheme at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmond’s
“The lampshade-wearing trio of boys who guide our heroes' steps here resemble the Knave of Hearts, though of course they're a lot more reliable and, as sung by Abigail Kelly, Emily-Jane Thomas and Laura Kelly, delightfully scene-stealing.” Online review of ETO’s The Magic Flute: What’s On Stage/Mark Valencia
“The three children made a lovely trio, working well together and producing some perfectly delightful and nicely quirky characterisation.” Online review of Albert Herring with Steuart Bedford and BBCSO: Planet Hugill/Robert Hugill
“The three formed a great comic act and were a delight.” Online review of ETO’s Albert Herring: Planet Hugill/Robert Hugill
“There was much high-quality ensemble singing throughout the performance, in particular from…the three boys (Abigail Kelly, Emily-Jane Thomas and Laura Kelly). The intonation and feeling of unity between [the] trio was impressive, enabling crisp, clear performances.” Online review of ETO’s The Magic Flute: British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies/Hannah Templeton
Emily-Jane Thomas studied with Yvonne Kenny and Theresa Goble at the Guildhall School of Music, from where she obtained her First Class Masters degree and her Bachelors (Hons.) degree with Distinction. Her studies were supported by the Susan Chilcott Scholarship, the Elizabeth Evans Trust, the Worshipful Company of Innholders, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the Sir John Cass Foundation. She also studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg under William Workman and was a young artist on ENO’s ‘Opera Works’ Programme. In 2010 she won the Roland Jones Award at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Emily-Jane was born and raised in Cardiff. She made her television debut as a soloist on BBC Wales at the age of sixteen. She went on to play the role of Juliet in Andrew O’Neill’s production The Little Sweep, broadcast on S4C, followed by Paquette in Welsh National Youth Opera’s production of Candide, at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Whilst at the Guildhall, Emily-Jane Thomas sang Elmire in Erwin und Elmire, Phyllis in Iolanthe, and in the song recital Childsplay with Iain Burnside. She also performed excerpts from the roles of Adele, Despina, Susanna, Gilda, Madame Goldentrill, Papagena, Cunegonde and Zerbinetta in opera scenes. She played the role of Despina with Martin Lloyd-Evans and David Gowland for British Youth Opera workshops. She directed and produced Walton’s The Bear and Donizetti’s Rita, accompanied by a chamber orchestra consisting of her GSMD colleagues.
Emily-Jane sang Barbarina and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro in concerts throughout Florence and Siena. She sang in a staging of Messiah (Part II) produced by Sarah Walker and Graham Allum and also worked with Sarah Walker on a number of premieres of new works by GSMD composers. She has also worked with Robin Bowman, Linnhe Robertson, Eugene Asti, Emanuele Moris, Janice Chapman and Stephen Maughan.
Emily-Jane’s concert engagements have included Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Fauré’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Rutter Magnificat, Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai and Haydn’s Creation under Sir David Willcocks. She has performed as a soloist in Llandaff Cathedral, St David’s Cathedral and Bath Abbey, and as the soprano soloist in Tippett’s Spirituals from A Child of our Time on a tour of the UK with the National Youth Choir of Wales. Her recital engagements have included Debussy Mélodie at LSO St Luke’s, a recital of Lieder inspired by Goethe texts at St Lawrence Jewry as part of the City of London Festival and a series of concerts of repertoire by female composers, including Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel, Madeleine Dring, Liza Lehmann, Betty Roe and Ruth Natasha Young. While studying at the Guildhall she also sang recitals for numerous City of London Livery Companies and was the in-house soprano for the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.
Emily-Jane made her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Second Fairy and Second Woman in a new production of The Fairy Queen under William Christie and Laurence Cummings, and directed by Jonathan Kent. She made her début at the BBC Proms in this production under William Christie with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She sang Zerlina Don Giovanni with Opera Up Close at the Soho Theatre and with the Bahrain Symphony Orchestra under Orlando Jopling at the Crowne Conference Center, Bahrain. She also understudied Flora Turn of the Screw for Opera North.
Emily-Jane Thomas’s recent engagements include Cis Albert Herring with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican under Steuart Bedford, Second Boy The Magic Flute and understudy Young Paris King Priam for English Touring Opera, Musetta in a reduced production of La Bohème at the Ravenna Festival in Italy, understudy First Witch Macbeth for Scottish Opera and Frederika A Little Night Music for Opera Project/Longborough Festival. She has a passion for contemporary repertoire and sang the role of Borka in ETO’s commission of the same name - an educational project which toured schools throughout the UK to great acclaim. She was the soprano soloist in ‘Glorious Handel by Candlelight’ with Steven Devine and the Mozart Festival Orchestra and Chorus at the Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall for Raymond Gubbay.
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