Emma is very excited to be making her musical theatre debut in this production, her first with Opera Australia. She began her dance studies in the style Flamenco, and has since trained in the UK and Europe under scholarship, working with various companies such as the Semperoper Ballet (Germany), Anjali Dance Company (England) and the London Children’s Ballet Company. Returning to her hometown of Sydney, Emma worked closely with renowned choreographer Sarah Boulter, completing her studies at Ev&Bow Full Time Dance Training Centre, on scholarship in 2013.
Emma has also worked closely with her brother, composer Paul Jarman, performing as a vocalist/percussionist at the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final, and featuring as vocalist on several of his CDs. She began her vocal training as the youngest-ever chorister with the SBS Children’s Choir and, subsequently the Sydney Children’s Choir. Her musical training has also included extensive studies in Violin, Viola and Musicianship/Musicology.
Emma’s television credits include ABC’s Dance Academy, The Voice, Australia’s Got Talent, and television commercials for Channel V and Tourism Australia. She has also performed alongside artists such as Nikki Webster and Monica Trapaga. In Sydney, she is a regular performer at Luna Park as Host of the Electro Swing Show, and various charity events and shows, including the Festival of Sydney.
Emma is dedicating these performances to her Vietnamese-born mother, who is completely deaf (so Emma is, by necessity, an expert sign-language communicator). She hopes her passionate performance will communicate what her mother cannot hear.