Emily Burke



Last 3 major performances 

  • Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale, Gertrude Opera
  • Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Opera Queensland
  • Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Queensland Music Festival


  • Opera Queensland Young Artist Program 

Age when you started singing 

I can't remember when I started singing, I just always have!

Favourite opera

My favourite opera would be La Bohème. It's got all the 'bits' - romance, jealousy, hits, a dramatic death, and you're out of the theatre by 10pm!

Favourite opera or musical role to perform 

For me it would have to be Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Having said that, two surprises for me have been Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale because she is so fierce and Berta in the The Barber of Seville, because she's such a riot!

A fun fact not many people know about you

I throw really good parties.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve performed? 

On the roof (I mean literally the roof, not a fancy rooftop bar) of QPAC at sunrise.