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Emma Matthews

  • Soprano

Repertoire/Discography

Emma Matthews Roles
Her first roles took advantage of her sweet light coloratura voice (capable of a top F), her good looks, and her acting ability.[4] She has appeared for Opera Australia as:

Damigella in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) in 1993
Ilia in Idomeneo/Idomeneo, Re di Crèta (Mozart)
Hero in Béatrice et Bénédict (Berlioz)
both Papagena and Pamina in The Magic Flute/Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Oscar in A Masked Ball/Un ballo in maschera (Verdi)
Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier (Richard Strauss)
Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment/La fille du régiment (Donizetti)
Nannetta in Falstaff (Verdi)
Rosina in The Barber of Seville/Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
both Blonde and Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio/Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
Morgana in Alcina (Handel)
Almirena in Rinaldo (Handel)
Servilia in La clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Sophie in Werther (Massenet)
Adele in Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss)
She has later taken on more challenging roles, often being compared with Joan Sutherland who, with her husband Richard Bonynge, is something of a friend and mentor.

Ismene in Mitridate, re di Ponto (Mozart) (produced by Graham Vick) for the 2001 Sydney Festival and shortly to be reprised for the Welsh National Opera under Sir Charles Mackerras
Stasi in Gypsy Princess/Die Csárdásfürstin (Kálmán)
Genovieffa in Suor Angelica/Sister Angelica (Puccini)
all four heroines (Stella, Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta) in The Tales of Hoffmann/Les Contes de Hoffmann (Offenbach)
Zwaantie in Batavia (Richard Mills) 2001 world premiere
Lulu in Lulu (Alban Berg)
Bystrouškain/Sharpears, the Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček) for both Opera Australia and (scheduled for 2010) The Royal Opera under Sir Charles Mackerras
Philomele in The Love of the Nightingale (opera) (Richard Mills) - 2007 world premiere
Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare|Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Handel)
Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (Gounod)
Lakmé in Lakmé (Delibes)
Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (Verdi) - the role that made a star of Joan Sutherland
Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi|The Capulets and the Montagues (Bellini)
Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi)
Emma has also been well received in concerts, with a repertoire from Mozart Requiems, Haydn Masses, and Handel's Messiah to works by Brahms, Poulenc and Villa Lobos, and Mahler Symphonies 2 and 4. She appeared with José Carreras in Sydney 2008, then on New Year's Eve in Mozart's C minor Mass with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Screen appearances
She appeared, billed as Emma Lysons, in the 1995 Alan John opera The Eighth Wonder about the Sydney Opera House, broadcast on ABC TV the night following its world premiere.

Recordings
The Edge by Nigel Westlake. pub. Tall Poppies TP-085, produced for an iMax movie about the Blue Mountains
Handel Arias pub. Artworks AW029 in 2001, well-known pieces including her Morgana and Almirena parts with the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra.
Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo, bel canto arias with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, released 2009 on ABC Classics ISBN 4763555