Obituary: Mezzo-soprano Emma Kerr, Glyndebourne Chorus Member & Soloist, Dies

By David Salazar

Glyndebourne has announced that Emma Kerr,  a member of the company’s chorus, has died. 

Born in Edinburgh in 1987, the mezzo-soprano was named Scottish Opera Emerging Artist between 2015-17, was a Samling Artist in 2016 and won the Audience Prize in the Peter Hulsen Orchestra Song Award in 2017. In 2013, she joined the Glyndebourne Chorus and in 2015, she became a Jerwood Young Artist, taking on the role of the Shepherd in “L’enfant et les sortilèges.” 

She would then return to the chorus in 2018 and 2019 while taking on roles in “La Traviata” and “Rinaldo.”

During the pandemic in 2020, she appeared in several outdoor performances for “In the Market for Love.”

“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,” said Stephen Langridge, Glyndebourne’s Artistic Director who collaborate with Kerr on “In the Market for Love” in 2020. “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.’