Cork soprano Emma Nash graduated with distinction from the MA in Opera Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she won numerous scholarships and prizes. She was a winner of the PWC/Wexford Festival Opera Emerging Young Artist bursary in 2017 and the UCH Limerick Rising Star 2018 award. This year she played herself in Backstage, a prequel to the Irish Times Theatre Award-nominated Front of House by Tom Lane at the Cork Opera House, returned to Wexford Festival Opera’s ShortWorks in October and sang the role of Yum-Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado at Cork Opera House in September. Before that she created the role of Polly in Andrew Synnott’s Dubliners, an Opera Theatre Company/Wexford Festival Opera co-production, and sang the role of Handmaiden in Cherubini’s Medea, also at Wexford. She also made her debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra singing live on RTÉ lyric fm’s Classic Drive. Other notable roles include Valencienne in Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Cork Opera House), Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Wexford Festival Opera ShortWorks), Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto (Opera Theatre Company), Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Collective Ireland), and Janthe in Marschner’s Der Vampyr (The Everyman/ Cork Operatic Society).