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Royal Conservatoire soprano triumphs in 2018 Clonter Opera Prize

Royal Conservatoire student, Emma Mockett, has beaten off tough competition from performers all over the UK to win the renowned Clonter Opera Prize.

Soprano Emma, a Masters student in the Alexander Gibson Opera School, triumphed after impressing a distinguished panel of judges at the intercollegiate competition on Saturday 3 February.

Emma is a student of Stephen Robertson and Linda Ormiston at the Royal Conservatoire. Her victory comes one year after the Clonter Opera Prize was won by Alexey Gusev, who graduated last year and is now an Emerging Artist with Scottish Opera. Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, who won the award in 2010, is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire, ranked in the world’s top three institutions for performing arts education.

Emma said: “I’m delighted to have won the Clonter Opera Prize. It was an amazing experience and it was an honour to represent the RCS.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my fabulous teachers, Stephen Robertson and Linda Ormiston, who have offered support and guidance throughout my studies and continue to inspire me to strive to achieve new heights with my music making.”

Emma’s win comes after a momentous few months for Royal Conservatoire opera students and alumni.

  • In June, mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison triumphed in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, a globally recognised showcase for the finest young international opera and concert singers at the start of their careers. Catriona was one of 400 entrants before being selected for the final 20 alongside fellow Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduates Anush Hovhannisyan and Dominic Barberi.
  • Fellow mezzo-soprano and current student, Svetlina Stoyanova, won the Neue Stimmen competition in October. The Bulgarian performer saw off more than 1,400 entries to win the prestigious competition.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Congratulations to Emma on her wonderful win at the 2018 Clonter Opera Prize. Winning this respected competition is testament to her dedication and artistic excellence. That Emma has followed in the footsteps of, Alexey Gusev, who won the award last year, highlights the world class standard of teaching which is taking place thanks to Stephen Robertson, Linda Ormiston and the rest of the staff working in the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.”

The Clonter Opera Prize showcases some of the finest emerging performers from the UK’s leading conservatoires, as they compete in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Students were nominated by their institutions to take part in the competition, which also counts Alfie Boe and Swedish soprano, Camilla Tilling, among its previous winners.

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