Emerging Artist Profile:
Emma Johnson

Young Artist Program - Singer
Voice Type: Soprano
Province/Territory: Saskatchewan
City: Regina

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Second Lady: The Arctic Flute


How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • I have been preparing for Opera NUOVA by diving straight into the music! Having the opportunity to learn and perform Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) I am discovering more details and gifts embedded in Mozart’s music. This has given me the opportunity to explore new colors in my voice, which I hope to apply to Second Lady. I am so excited to create the contrasting attitudes and characters with my fellow ladies! Along with learning my music, I have been paying special attention to my health with eating right and going to the gym. I want to establish a balanced routine to ensure I am ready both vocally and physically for this program.

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • I am attracted to NUOVA because it is designed to give young singers an experience that mirrors the demands and rewards of the performance industry. I believe that having the opportunity to work with NUOVA’s incredible faculty will benefit my personal and artistic growth, and prove to be an invaluable investment in my process as a singer. I chose attend NUOVA this year because this is the next step in determining my capabilities as a performer, while having the privilege to be a part of the 20th anniversary celebration of a program that challenges and inspires this generation of artists!


o    Education: BMus in Vocal Performance (University of Toronto), Current: MMus in Voice Performance, University of Manitoba

o    Mentors/Inpirations: Monica Huisman, Laura Loewen, & Sonya Yoncheva

o    Dream Role: Violetta (La Traviata)

Artist Bio     

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Emma Johnson holds an undergraduate degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, and has completed the first year of a Masters in Voice at the University of Manitoba under the instruction of Monica Huisman. Having participated in programs such as the Vancouver International Song Institute and the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Emma has most recently had the privilege to perform in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. As a recipient of the Rose Bowl award at the 2017 Winnipeg Music Festival, Emma was featured in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary Gala last June. Returning to her home city of Regina in November 2016, Emma performed as the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Dan Forrests’ Requiem for the Living with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus and members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. She made her debut with Saskatoon Opera as Zerlina in their main stage production of Don Giovanni for the company’s 2017 season, and returned this spring to perform the roles of Sally/Isis in Dean Burry’s The Scorpion’s Sting for the Saskatoon Opera School Tour. Emma appeared as the Empress in Mozart: A Life in the Key of Genius with the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra and Opera Ensemble, and is thrilled to be performing the role of Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Opera NUOVA’s 20th Anniversary season.