Glyndebourne mourns a young chorus member, 34

Glyndebourne mourns a young chorus member, 34


norman lebrecht

October 20, 2021

The Festival Opera has posted tragic news of the death of Emma Kerr, a young Scottish member of the chorus.

Artistic director Stephen Langridge said: ‘Glyndebourne is a close-knit family, and the loss of Emma has been deeply felt across the whole company, in particular amongst her chorus colleagues. Many of us have beautiful memories of this outstanding young artist, on and off stage, and we hold these close as a constant inspiration as we continue making opera, the art form she excelled in and loved.’

Edinburgh born, Emma made her debut in the Glyndebourne Chorus in 2013, and returned in 2015 as a Jerwood Young Artist, singing the role of the Shepherd in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. In 2018 and 2019 she took on the roles of Flora in the Tour 2018 production of La traviata and Siren 2 in Rinaldo. In 2020 she returned for In the Market for Love, a creative response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She was a popular and cherished member of the ensemble. Her funeral was held today.

Photo: James Bellorini


  • Alexander T says:

    My sincerest condolences to her family.