Born into a musical family, Scottish soprano Emily Mitchell, was submersed in music from an early age. She began her formal classically training at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), where she gained a Bachelor in Music and a Masters in Music under the tutelage of Margaret Aronson. She continues her vocal study with soprano Jane Irwin. She is a Live Music Now! artist in the trio Sweet Harmony and also sings with a vocal quartet, the Scarlet Quartet.
Emily has made frequent appearances across Europe at the Transeuropeanes Festival in Rouen, in Heilbronn, and in Hamburg. As a regular performer with the Dunedin Consort, she has performed in the Toroella de Montegri Festival, Versailles Handel Festival, in Antwerp and most recently in their performance of Bach St John Passion in Weimar, Germany as part of the Thüringia Bachwoche.
Emily’s operatic experience includes Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi Opera Bohemia; Chorus/Flying Dutchman for Opera North; Chorus/The Magic Flute/Chorus (Liu cover) Turandot / Chorus/Jenufa for Scottish Opera; Echo/Ariadne Auf Naxos (cover) and Ninette/L’amour Pour Trois Oranges (cover) for RSAMD production; Sandman/Hänsel und Gretel for Aberdeen International Youth Festival; Fiordiligi/Cosi Fan Tutte BYO workshops; Helena/A Midsummer Nights Dream and Countess Almaviva/Le Nozze di Figaro for Ian Fleming Opera Scenes RSAMD.
She has appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a concert performance of Poulenc’s Les Carmélites, and in Kurt Weil’s The Rise and Fall of Mahagony conducted by H.K.Gruber at the Usher Hall in the Edinburgh International Festival, and also for the Usher Hall 100th Birthday Celebration concert in Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise. Other concert performances include Elsa/Lohengrin with Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra; Melisande/Pelleas et Melisande with Meadows orchestra; Marzelline/Fidelio with Canongait Orchestra, and Berlioz LesNuit D’étés Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Emily has been broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in Mendelssohn Rediscovered, and BBC Radio 3 several times. She also appeared with the BBC SSO and the London Symphony Chorus singing in the Scottish premiere of MacMillan’s St John Passion. She made her BBC Proms début in August 2010 at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC SSO, conducted by Donald Runnicles in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
Emily toured Britain as the soloist in a production for babies, The Presents from director Katherine Morley and renowned children’s composer Paul Rissmann. She is soon to be airing a new production for babies with the same team. She toured the Highlands with the Inverness Mahler Players performing Mahler’s Symphony No.4.
Emily has performed as a soloist in many oratorio engagements, including Brahms Requiem at the Usherhall, Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Canterbury Cathedral) and Exultate Jubilate, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Canterbury Cathedral, Howells Hymnus Paradisi, Bach Magnificat and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Emily’s commercial recordings include Handel’s Esther and Mozart Requiem with Dunedin Consort, recorded by Linn Records. The latest recording of Mozart Requiem won a Gramophone Award.