Emma DoglianiSoprano



ELMO website 


Founded by Emma Dogliani, ELMO exists to create innovative and accessible performances involving all communities making the best in quality live music available to all.


Current project 2023

ELMO is currently developing Music in the Ville, a project getting more music into HMP Pentonville.


Last year's project 2018/19


ELMO produced Bat out of Hackney project a community production based around Act 2 of Die Fledermaus with Rap and Grime. This project was in partnership with Hackney Empire, Hackney Music

Services, and Arts Council England

Other East London work


As well as being Artistic Director of ELMO, Emma performs regularly in her home borough of Hackney in other events. She makes several appearances a year with the choir at St. John of Jerusalem, with Hackney Festival Chorus, has given three recitals at Sutton House music society, has appeared 5 times for Hackney Proms  and regularly sings for Stoke Newington Opera Cabaret.  


Since 1990, ELMO (initially under the name of New London Opera) has mounted four full operatic productions with orchestra, four charity gala concerts and three song recitals in East London venues.


ELMO is a project-based organisation which has made a great success of each of the projects it has previously created, in part because they happen every two or three years, and we can call upon artists to commit to them with great energy, alongside their own regular and usual commitments.


past projects
Past projects include the following highlights:


1997 # Magic Flute # Hackney Empire


2001 # Bow Barber project


2001 # Impresario and Water Music # Hackney Empire

with community chorus and full orchestra including children's choir from local schools


2006/7 # Hackney Spice Festival

two concerts in colaboration with Spice Festival Hackney in the bar at Hackney Empire and at Sutton House.


2007 # From Hackney with Love

A concert of Russian Music including Shostakovich Violin Concerto and Gliere Concerto for Coloratura Soprano, this event was extremely popular and included Russian themed collaboration with local businesses as well as sponsorship from Stolichnya Vodka! Violist was Kate Conway and conductor Alexander Ingram


2008 # Semele

full concert performance with orchestra St John’s Smith Square conducted by John Andrews.


2009 # Opera on your Doorstep

Opera, wine and ice cream at St. John of Jerusalem, Hackney, with tenor John Upperton.


2010 # Gluck # Orfeo # including additonal music by J.C. Bach

Full concert performance with orchestra  at St. John’s Smith Square conducted by John Andrews.


2011 # Rossini # Armida

Full concert performance with orchestra conducted by Robin Newton.