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Emma Shapplin


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Born in Paris in 1974, Emma recalls as a young girl she was far too shy “even to make a noise let alone to sing” and her family were not particularly musical. But her musical passions were aroused at the age of eleven when she heard the Queen Of The Night from The Magic Flute. It was a moment of transcendence, although to her amused embarrassment, Emma admits this introduction to the world of opera and bel canto came via a television commercial. Nevertheless, a life-long love affair was forged. “I ran to my bedroom and tried to sing the tune immediately. That’s when I fell in love with singing for the first time,” she says. “I knew then I wanted to sing like that. That was the music that touched my soul.”

Unsure at first how to pursue her desire to sing, it was not until she was 14 that Emma met a teacher who could help realise her dreams. “She was a little old lady, about 70, and in her day she had been a great singer. She surrounded herself with candles and cats and her piano and I loved the whole atmosphere,” Emma remembers. “I touched these great scores for the first time and read the Italian words which seemed to have a mystery and romance.” She also told Emma that she was a soprano coloratura. “Singing was still like playing with a toy to me. She found my voice and slowly started to bring it out.”

Emma took lessons with her for two years and was convinced she had found her purpose in life. But she was also approaching an age when her parents were concerned about career prospects and her future. “They didn’t think singing could ever be a proper job,” Emma recalls.


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  • shineown


    14 Aug 10:31pm Reply
  • Cobrame

    'The Fifth Heaven' and 'The Inferno' from the soundtrack Red Planet (composed by Graeme Revell, soprano by Emma Shapplin) are my two favorite pieces of post-classical of 2000.

    21 Jul 2:10am Reply
  • wandering_blue

    "Dust Of Dandy" It is going to be trash, she is wasting her beautiful voice

    12 Jul 6:56am Reply
  • Tarjever

    Happy Birthday, Diva!

    19 May 10:27am Reply
  • Majorfifth

    still waitin dust off a dandy :D

    10 May 10:35pm Reply
  • Reijo14

    wspaniały głos,wspaniała pieśń.

    31 Mar 12:09am Reply
  • davidplaisted

    Trancendental bliss bomb

    18 Feb 1:19pm Reply
  • iSui

    Finally bought Macadam Flower. :D I have to say I like it. It's different but it's beautiful anyway especially the French songs.

    17 Jan 10:40am Reply
  • ArtOfLettinGo

    The Lovers <3

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • matheusfb

    "Dust of a Dandy" coming soon! *_*

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Severus1685

    Уже на протяжении нескольких лет слушаю Эмму Шаплин, и мне ни сколько не надоедает, наоборот, я открываю в ее музыке что-то новое!!!

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • wandering_blue

    New album please (4)

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • s09

    New album please! [3]

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • recremar

    Her voice is hypnotically captivating. The fact that she is easy on the eyes is just a plus. Is a USA tour in the stars?

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • coobymx

    You were great last night in Hermosillo. Love you!

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sugarhoneyblade

    Macadam Flower was so different but I loved it nonetheless. I am curious as to what else she could bring to us.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mete_plus

    Magic voice [7] & Amazing voice! <3 & New album please! [3]

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Igonek

    New album please! [2]

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Hermes525

    She is absolutely gorgeous.

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
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