Emily Hodkinson was born in Nottingham and is a graduate of the University of York and the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, from where she graduated in 2021. Her studies with Clare Shearer have been gratefully supported by Ulrike Wilson, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award and the RCS Trust Ena Mitchell Scholarship. She is a 2019-21 Selected Artist for Making Music UK, winner of the Liz Chant Bursary competition, the John & Barbara Beaumont Bursary competition and the Rodney Gibson Early Music Prize at the 2021 Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition.
Roles at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland include Minskwoman Flight, Tolomeo Giulio Cesare, Geneviève Impressions de Pelléas, La libellule/l’écureuil L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites, Jenny Die Dreigroschenoper, La Fortuna L'incoronazione di Poppea and understudy Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia. In scenes, Cendrillon, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Hermia A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Recent and forthcoming engagements include Madam Larina Eugene Onegin (Opera Holland Park as a Christine Collins Young Artist), Spirit Dido & Aeneas (Ryedale Festival), Sara Tobias and the Angel (Streetwise Opera), Wellgunde Das Rheingold (Edinburgh Players Opera Group), Nancy Albert Herring and Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Aspect Opera), Sea Pictures (Royal Concert Hall Nottingham), Beethoven's Mass in C (London Oriana Choir) and The Music Makers (Nottingham Festival Chorus),.
Emily takes great joy in creating recitals, particularly of American and English song, presenting programmes at the Southwell Music Festival Fringe and the Theatre Royal Nottingham. During her studies she premiered and performed a number of contemporary classical works including the role of Joan the Knight La Pucelle (Rose Hall) premiered at the York Spring Festival of New Music; Shona's Song (Omar Shahryar) premiered at Leeds Lieder Festival; Tender Buttons (Adam Bonser), Three Pieces (Sarah Stanley), Lament for Chu Capital (Chai Jai) Lakeside (Dai Fujikura) and Cantatrix Sopranica (Unsuk Chin) with The Chimera Ensemble. She premiers Guy Turner's song cycle The Ways of Love at the 2021 Southwell Music Festival Fringe.
Previously, Emily was a Fellow of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for 2017-18, she is a graduate of The Sixteen’s Genesis Sixteen training scheme and was a Vocal Apprentice at the 2018 Southwell Music Festival. In 2018 she had the honour of being the first Female Alto to sing with the Men and Boys Choirs at Southwell Minster, a landmark moment in the Minsters 900+ year history.