Macedonian-Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Ema Nikolovska grew up in Toronto where she studied voice with Helga Tucker and completed her undergraduate degree in violin at The Glenn Gould School.
She received her Masters in Voice at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where she also completed the Opera Course. Ema is a current BBC New Generation Artist from 2019-2022. In 2019 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 (YCAT) International Auditions. In 2022 she became a recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
Ema joined the International Opera Studio at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Autumn 2020 where highlights have included Christian Jost’s Die Arabische Nacht, along with Second Lady Die Zauberflöte, Schäferin Jenůfa, Giovanna Rigoletto and Diane in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. In the 22/23 season she returns to sing Lucile in Henze’s Cubana and her role debut as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier.
On the concert platform, recent highlights include Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Marc Minkowski, Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Munchener Rundfunkorchester and Howard Arman, Mozart’s Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Adrian Partington, and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Musikkollegium Winterthur conducted by Barbara Hannigan. Future engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with Minkowski and the Staatskapelle Berlin and Jaquet de la Guerre’s Céphale et Procris on tour with Reinoud van Mechelen and Nocte Temporis in Versailles, Namur and Brussels.
A prolific recitalist, in the last year Ema performed at the Pierre Boulez Saal, and Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Schubertíada Vilabertran, Leeds Lieder, Aldeburgh, Verbier, Gstaad and Toronto Summer Music Festivals, collaborating with Malcolm Martineau, Wolfram Rieger, Andras Schiff, Graham Johnson, and Joseph Middleton, among many others.