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Biography

Gemma Morsley Headshot - Sebastian Charlesworth 2017

Gemma Morsley is a British mezzo-soprano and actress. Versatile and inventive, she is equally at home in dramatic, lyric and character roles. She studies in London with the internationally renowned tenor and voice teacher David Barrell.

Gemma has sung with companies across the UK, Europe and the Far East including Grange Park Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, BBC Proms, Opera Rara, London Festival Opera and at the Dartington International Festival. In the 2019-2020 season she will make role debuts as Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette, as well as further performances in the role she created in OperaUpClose’s new commission from Joanna Lee, Peace At Last.

 

Her operatic credits include the title role in Carmen for Opera South East, Grimgerde in Die Walküre for Grange Park Opera, Flora in La traviata at the King’s Head Theatre, Maddalena in Rigoletto (France and UK tour), Larina in Eugene Onegin for OperaUpClose, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro for the Dartington International Festival, and on a Merry Opera tour with jazz arrangements by Harry Sever. Further roles include Dorabella in Così fan tutte for Oyster Opera at Jacksons Lane Theatre and more recently for the inaugural season of Opera Chez Cartier in Charente, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi for Fulham Opera, 2nd Squire/3rd Flowermaiden in Parsifal for Elemental Opera, and Flora/Annina in La traviata with Merry Opera (UK and Malaysian tours). She has performed Second and Third Ladies in Die Zauberflöte several times including for the Zeist Opera Festival in the Netherlands, Oyster Opera at St John’s Smith Square and at Riverside Studios.

 

Carving a niche for herself in strong character roles, other stage work includes Mrs Sowerberry & Mrs Bedwin in Oliver! and Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof with Bryn Terfel as Tevye, both for Grange Park Opera and the BBC Proms. She was part of the ensemble for six tours of John Ramster’s acclaimed staged Messiah, played the role of the White Witch in Creation Theatre’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and has given numerous performances from the G&S canon including Iolanthe, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and Patience.

 

Chorus work includes Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, Opera Rara, Opera Project at West Green House and English Voices at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

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