With a shimmering young soprano voice, warm timbre, and captivating stage presence, Emily Rocha is an 18-year-old soprano from Courtice, Ontario. Although this is her first operatic role, she is no stranger to the stage.
She attended O’Neill CVI’s performing arts program, where she performed the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. At Oshawa Little Theatre, she performed inOliver! (Widow Corney), Mary Poppins (Ensemble), and The Miracle Worker (Blind Girl). In summer of 2014, she performed in Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown) with Simply Theatre Switzerland, and in 2015, she attended the Singing Taster Course at Guildhall in London, England with Marilyn Rees. In her last year of high school she participated in the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy at the RCM, Toronto, where she studied with Dr. Robert Loewen.
In 2017 she was a First Prize Winner with the American Protégé Vocal Competition, earning her the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, NYC. She received 3rd Prize in the OMFA Provincials for Grade 9 Voice, Best in Voice at the Pickering Rotary Music Festival, Intermediate Voice Award with the Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival, and an Outstanding Performance Award from ORMTA GTA. She was the 2017 recipient of the Marianne Turner Memorial Scholarship from the Durham Philharmonic Choir.
During the summer of 2017 she participated in the High School Voice Intensive at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Académie Internationale D’Été de Nice, France, with Juilliard’s Lorraine Nubar.
In fall 2017 she received the Senior Voice Award in the Contemporary Showcase Festival, and performed Laudate Dominum (Mozart) as a soloist with the Durham Youth Orchestra. She will be performing Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Ensemble) with her studio in early spring.
Emily studies with Lorna MacDonald at the University of Toronto.