Emma Peaurt was born in Darlington and currently lives in Manchester. She read music at Durham University before completing her postgraduate studies at the RNCM where she studied with Barbara Robotham. She now studies with Pat Hay. A finalist in the AESS English Song Competition 2006 and the Russell Shepherd Memorial Competition 2004 and winner of the Kate Snape Scholarship 2006, overall singing prize and Recital prize at the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival in 2005 and the Manchester Welsh Society Prize in 2004; she has appeared with Opera North at the Leeds Fuse Festival 2006, the RNCM Baroque Ensemble and the RNCM Wind Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall. Recently she worked in the chorus of Scottish Opera in their production of Lucia di Lammermoor and had coaching with David Harper, Stephen Mould and Andrew Greene at Opera Australia, Sydney.
In recent operatic performances she has been seen as Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) for St John’s Opera Company, Josephine (HMS Pinafore) for St Helens Gilbert & Sullivan Society and as Norina (Don Pasquale), Constance (Dialogue des Carmelites), Oberto (Alcina), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) and Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia) in the RNCM Opera Excerpts. She also took part in The Lover’s Recantation by Thomas Arne as part of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and was part of the chorus for Stravinsky’s Rake's Progress at RNCM.
Recent guest artist appearances include; Names of the Dead for Opera North; Macclesfield Male Voice Choir, Rhos Orpheus Male Choir, the RNCM Baroque Ensemble and the RNCM Wind Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall. Works she has performed as an oratorio soloist include: Bach’s St John Passion for Leicester Bach Choir; Poulenc’s Gloria & Rutter’s Requiem; Haydn’s Creation, Jenkins The Armed Man, Tippett’s 5 Negro Spirituals from A child of our Time at the Bridgewater Hall for the Hallé Choir, Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.
She combines this with working in the Oran duo with the pianist Andrew Dunlop and recent recitals include Wrexham Arts Festival, Durham University, Wesley Chapel Harrogate, Heaton Hall, St Ann’s Church Manchester, Bury Parish Church, Gallery Oldham and Sens (France).