Born in Belfast, Emma Morwood studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she was awarded the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Claire Croiza Prize for French Song. Currently working with Patricia McMahon she has sung with many of Europe's finest orchestras and conductors.
Recent concert highlights include Barber's Knoxville: 1915 (Meadows Chamber Orchestra); Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Manchester Philharmonia); Orff Carmina Burana (Belfast Philharmonic/Stephen Doughty); Verdi Requiem (Edinburgh Royal Choral Union (ERCU)); Christmas Gala (RTE National Symphony Orchestra); Mozart's C Minor Mass (Ulster Orchestra); Handel Opera Arias (Prussian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin); Handel Messiah (ERCU); Gondai's Rapid Welcoming Descent (the Philharmonia, Royal Festival Hall); Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Halsey); Beethoven Ninth Symphony, (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy); Mozart Exsultate Jubilate (Ulster Orchestra); and Mozart Coronation Mass (Northern Sinfonia/Halsey).
Recent opera performances include the roles of Amore and Minerva in The Return of Ulysses (Monteverdi) with Opera Collective Ireland and the Akademie für Alte Musik, conducted by Christian Curnyn. Other roles include Lila (cover) in David Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Opera North); Diana (cover) in Offenbach’s Orpheus in The Underworld (Scottish Opera/NI Opera); Pamina in The Magic Flute (Opera Theatre Company (OTC)); Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (Buxton Festival/OTC); Micaela in Carmen (New Devon Opera); and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Irish tour/OTC).
Forthcoming engagements include Schoenberg String Quartet Number 2 with Edinburgh Quartet at the Queen's Hall; a company and role debut with Irish National Opera (TBA); and an Irish tour of Handel's Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
As well as being a qualified paraglider pilot, Emma has two young children, Lucas and Orla, and in her spare time she enjoys climbing, swimming and yoga.
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