Meet WNO

Emily Christina Loftus

Soprano Emily Christina Loftus hails from the North of England and is a Welsh National Opera Associate Artist 2023/2024. Emily is a first-class graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she completed her undergraduate degree as a RCS Scholar, studying with Patricia MacMahon. She then studied at the Royal College of Music, working closely with Rosa Mannion and Caroline Dowdle, supported by the Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, Derek Butler Scholarship, Helen Marjorie Tonks Scholarship, the Josephine Baker Trust and Sir James Caird Travel Scholarship. Emily is also a Samling Artist and Oxford Lieder Artist 2022-2024.   

Her recent roles include Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (Opera Holland Park), Daughter 2 Akhnaten (cover ENO), Pamina The Magic Flute (Opera North, WSO), Papagena Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS) and Evita/Girl in Jeans Scoring a Century (British Youth Opera). In 2021/2022 Emily performed Pamina Whistle Stop Opera: The Magic Flute (Opera North) and was a Chorus member in Così fan tutte (ENO) and Parsifal (Opera North and Glyndebourne Festival).  

Her recital engagements have included an Oxford Lieder Emerging Artist recital alongside soprano Mary Bevan and a guest recital at Howdenshire Music. She will return to Oxford Lieder for the 2023 Spring Song Festival with George Ireland and will perform in Opera Holland Park’s Opera in Song series. Emily’s competition successes include being a finalist in the Somerset Song Prize and a semi-finalist in the 2022 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League Vocal Competition and the 2021 Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition. 

Upcoming engagements at WNO:Strawberry Seller Death in VeniceCercatrice 1 Suor Angelica; soloist in Play Opera LIVE and Opera Gala concerts.