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Acclaimed Soprano, Emma Matthews, to head Classical Voice at WAAPA

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University is excited to announce its new Head of Classical Voice, the acclaimed and highly awarded Australian soprano, Emma Matthews, who will commence in January 2018.

Since graduating in 1992 from The West Australian Conservatorium of Music (now part of WAAPA) Emma Matthews has established herself as one of Australia’s most successful and accomplished singers. Her impressive list of accolades includes seven Helpmann Awards, nine Green Room Awards, the Mo Award, the Remy Martin Australian Opera Award and Limelight Awards for Music Personality of the Year 2010, Best Performance in an Opera 2012 and Australian Artist of the Year 2016. She has performed with all the state opera companies and the major Australian symphony orchestras and is equally in demand on the concert platform and as a recording artist. Emma has been Australia’s Prima Soprano, singing with Opera Australia, for over 20 years. She has sung at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and has worked with some of the world’s finest conductors and directors. Emma has an extensive discography, with many of her recordings winning the highest awards.

On returning to her alma mater in this new role, Ms Matthews says, “I am delighted to be coming back to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as Head of Classical Voice, and to share all that I’ve learnt in the industry since I left. I look forward to getting to know the singers at WAAPA, to sharing their artistic journeys, technically, musically, and dramatically, and to guiding them into the professional world that awaits them. I’m coming home with my husband and two sons to make Perth our home, and WAAPA our family.”

Associate Professor Stewart Smith, the Associate Dean of Music says, “Finding the right person to continue Patricia Price’s legacy was never going to be easy, but in Emma we have found a truly worthy successor. Emma is an outstanding artist, a gifted teacher and someone with big plans and a clear vision for the future. She is also the warmest of people and I am greatly looking forward to working with her in this important position. Emma brings twenty-five years worth of knowledge and experience through singing at the highest international levels. This will be invaluable, not only to the Classical Vocal students, but to the institution as a whole.”

“In addition to welcoming Emma I also wish to acknowledge the outstanding and sustained contribution made by my wonderful colleague, Patricia Price. Not only do Patricia’s graduates regularly win scholarships to the major American and British academies, they are also to be found in many of the world’s opera houses.”

Patricia Price writes, “My time at WAAPA has been challenging, exciting and most of all very rewarding and I am delighted to welcome Emma Matthews to take over the reins. I know she will be very happy in the WAAPA family and will continue to gain worldwide recognition for the classical voice courses. I shall be happy to support her vision for the future in every way that I can and I know that her great experience will be of tremendous benefit to our wonderful students.”

If you’re interested in studying Classical Music, visit our Bachelor of Music web page and read more about our Classical Performance: Vocal Major. You’ll find information about this and other related courses, as well as videos and galleries about our facilities, our students and our lecturers.


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