Macedonian-Canadian Ema Nikolovska (28) grew up in Toronto where she studied at the Glenn Gould School, followed by postgraduate training at London’s Guildhall School.
Recital performances in the last year included at Pierre Boulez Saal, Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Verbier Festival as well as her BBC Proms debut. Her collaborators include Malcolm Martineau, Wolfram Rieger, Graham Johnson, Jonathan Ware, Joseph Middleton, Steven Philcox, and Barry Shiffman.
Opera highlights this season include the lead roles in Christian Jost’s Die Arabische Nacht, along with roles in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, Janáček’s Jenůfa and Verdi’s Rigoletto. She is currently a BBC New Generation Artist (2019-22) and a member of the International Opera Studio at the Berlin Staatsoper Under den Linden.
In addition to her BBT Award she won First Prize at the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize (Kathleen Ferrier Awards) and was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust International Auditions.
Photographs by Kaupo Kikkas