FFO was thrilled to be joined by the following very special guest artists for the sold out November launch concert series - FFO @ the movies:
EMMA PEARSON - SOPRANO
Emma Pearson was a principal artist with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, from 2005 until 2014, where she performed over 30 roles for the company, including the title roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lolita, La Calisto and Lulu (nominated “Singer of the Year” by OpernWelt Magazine), Hilda Mack (Elegy for young Lovers), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) with critical acclaim. In July 2014 Emma was awarded the title of “Kammersängerin” by the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
Further highlights have included her Semperoper debut in the role of Clorinda (La Cenerentola), guest at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele 2008 and 2015 conducted by Marc Piollet, the role of Gilda (Rigoletto) for Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken and Theater St Gallen, Switzerland, Nannetta (Falstaff) for Nationaltheater Mannheim and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest conducted by Sir Andrew Litton and Orquestra de Valencia conducted by Lawrence Foster. She was awarded the 20th Anniversary Prize in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition and was a finalist in the Montserrat Caballé Concurso Internacional de Canto.
Next to her work in Europe, Emma returns to sing with Opera Australia, NBR New Zealand Opera, Opera Queensland and now the West Australian Opera. She was nominated for Helpmann Awards as Queen of the Night in David Freeman’s production of The Magic Flute and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Australia, the latter released on DVD and Blu Ray by the company.
Emma holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Australia (1998-2001), with further training at the Australian Opera Studio and Goethe Institut, Berlin. She won the 2004 Australian Singing Competition’s prestigious Marianne Mathy Scholarship and Opera Awards, and also the 2004 More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant, which led to her first engagement in Germany.
Lady Diamond is the drag monicker of actor Simon Morrison-Baldwin.
Originally from Perth, Simon moved to Melbourne in 2003 to attend the Victorian College of the Arts Drama School, graduating in 2005. Since then he has been active in the Melbourne independent theatre scene, and has performed in such places as: The Seymour Centre, Carlton Courthouse, Fairfax Theatre, Mechanics Institute, Adelaide Fringe Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Famous Speigeltent, Tony Starr's Kitten Club, The Butterfly Club, EuroTrash and many others.
Most recently seen during the Melbourne Comedy Fest as Narrator of the live superhero radio play BULLET, he continuesto carve out a niche as a performer, from an impressively bustled Lady Bracknell (Rough & Tumble, Adelaide Fringe), to a ballad-singing Frankenstein’s monster (Oh! The Horror!) to a 7” tall Mother of 3 fighting the H factor (The Joy Before Thinking, Theatreworks). Oh, and lets not forget the sadistic lesbian prison Matron of Cellblock Booty (Sisters Grimm)!
Lady Diamond is perhaps best known as the drag door-bitch for the infamous GAY SHAME parties and has just appeared in the video for Sex on Toast's awesome single Takin' Over.