Emma Walton grew up in Cumbria. There she began her vocal career in the Carlisle Cathedral Choir and Quay Voices Choir, based at The Sage, Gateshead; performing as a soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia aged 17.
Between 2006 and 2011, Emma studied at the University of Huddersfield, gaining a Bachelors of Music degree and a Postgraduate Diploma - both in Performance - with Paul Wade and Rachel Nicholls. Emma graduated in 2015 with a Distinction MMus in Vocal Performance studying with Jane Irwin; whilst there she sang the roles of Olga (Lehar: The Merry Widow) and Mother (Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel). Thanks to a generous scholarship, Emma has recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's prestigious Alexander Gibson Opera School with Helen Lawson; with whom she continues to study.
New music is of particular interest to Emma, singing Julia Grant in the UK premiere of Philip Glass' opera 'Appomattox' and The Man in the premiere of Joshua Goodman's 'The Man and Men' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Most recently Emma has taken on the roles of Vinesse in a new workshop performance by Daniel Janke, as well as the principal female role in the European premiere of Amy Beach's 'Cabildo'.
Upcoming performances include Character E in the premiere of Anna Semple's 'The Next Station is Green Park' and a concert performance of Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Selected Reviews and Awards
Norma Greig French Song Prize
Dame Eva Turner Award for Potential Dramatic Sopranos
The Man and Men - Joshua Goodman
"Her performance was the only thing I was thinking about on leaving the venue: she is fabulously gifted" - Fringe Guru
"Supremely talented soprano Emma Walton effortlessly stretches all three and a half octaves of the discordant but surprisingly beautiful contemporary score" - The Stage
Manon - Massenet
"Emma Walton displayed a wide range of well controlled, believable, emotions throughout her performance. Her voice soared from low to high register with ease and consistent quality, every trill and dynamic beautifully delivered, absolutely delightful."
"Emma Walton as Manon delighted with her beautiful pure soprano voice and gave us an effective and sympathetic death scene."
Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky
"Vocal honours unquestionably go to Emma Walton's Tatyana whose characterisation lovingly captured her transformation from simple country girl to the serene dignity of the wife of an aristocrat. Tatyana's famous Letter Scene contained some lovely phrasing and was sung with touching sincerity."