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Frances Gregory

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Dorabella
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Amersham Festival of Music
2020
Fox
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janácek)
Longborough Festival Opera
2020
Laura
Violet (Tom Coult)
Music Theatre Wales
2020
Flamel
Fantasio (Offenbach)
Garsington Opera
2019
Marcellina
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
2019
Laura
Iolanta (Tchaikovsky)
Royal Academy Opera
2019
La tasse chinoise, un pâtre, la libellule
L'enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel)
Royal Academy Opera
2019
Cherubino
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Royal Academy Opera
2019
Minskwoman
Flight (Jonathan Dove)
Royal Academy Opera
2018
Idamante
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Amersham Festival of Music
2018
Hansel
Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck)
Opera in Devon
2018
Egeo
Teseo (Handel)
London Handel Festival
2018
Sycorax
The Enchanted Island (Various)
British Youth Opera
2018
Juno
Semele (Handel)
Royal Academy Opera
2018
Vénus
Orphee aux enfers (Offenbach)
Royal Academy Opera
2017
Rosina
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Royal Academy Opera
2017
Brood-Hen
May Night (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Royal Academy Opera
2016
Dorabella
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Opera Loki
2016

Chorus

Chorus
The Bartered Bride (Smetana)
Garsington Opera
2019
Chorus
Fantasio (Offenbach)
Garsington Opera
2019
Chorus
Vespers of 1610 (Monteverdi)
Garsington Opera
2019
Chorus
The Rake's Progress (Igor Stravinsky)
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
2017
Chorus
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
2017
Chorus
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner)
Glyndebourne Festival Opera
2016

Oratorio/Concerts

Soloist
Stabat Mater (Dvorak)
Putney Singers
2019
Soloist
Stabat Mater (Dvorak)
Dorking Choral Society
2019
Soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Sherborne Abbey
2019
Soloist
Frauenliebe (Loewe)
Academy Song Circle at Wigmore Hall
2019
Soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Mayfield Choral Society
2019
Soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Putney Singers
2018
Soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Burgess Hill Choral Society
2018
Soloist
St. Nicholas Mass (Haydn)
Highgate Choral Society
2018
Soloist
B Minor Mass (Bach)
Torbay Singers
2017
Soloist
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Buckingham Choral Society
2017
Soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Burgess Hill Choral Society
2017
Soloist
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Milton Keynes Chorale
2016
Soloist
Heiligmesse (Haydn)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
2016
Soloist
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Eynsham Choral Society
2016

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Puppet! Why so... - Britten

La Libellule (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, 2019)

Minskwoman (Flight, 2018)

Minskwoman (Flight, 2018)

Photo: Speranza Photography

Photo: Speranza Photography

Photo: Speranza Photography

Photo: Speranza Photography

Photo: Speranza Photography

Photo: Speranza Photography

Sycorax (The Enchanted Island, 2018)

Véronique (Le Docteur Miracle, 2018)

Patrick Fyffe - Dame Hilda Brackett Award (Sadler's Wells) (2018)

Winifred Agnes Disney Award - Royal Academy of Music (2016)

Competitions

RAM Club Prize (2018)

E.A. Redman Prize for the Interpretation of Schubert Lieder - RWCMD (2013)

'Frances Gregory's Frauenliebe, Opus 60, partnered sensitively by Richard Gowers, impressed at many levels: characterisation, personality, style. In particular, through the nine songs, her subtly changing inflections and body language conveyed a believable thirty-minute journey from girlhood and obsession to bereavement and old age. There was real beauty and artistry in this performance ... and a wealth of musical roads to share: 'Du Ring an meinem Finger' stays with me, a little dream of fragrant perfection.' - Classical Source (2019)

'...the excellent Frances gregory' - The Evening Standard (2018)

'...the Sycorax of Frances Gregory, whose ample richly toned voice gives pathos as well edge to her several arias.' - Bachtrack (2018)

'As Egeo, Frances Gregory used her firm, rich sound impressively - always responsive and expressive - to convey regality and indignation in equal measure...' - Opera Today (2018)

'Frances Gregory as Egeo revealed an extremely sumptuous mezzo-soprano...' - Music OMH (2018)

'Frances Gregory is dependable as his jealous wife Juno, compared with her somewhat squally accomplice of Emilie Cavallo's Iris, though both achieve notable vocal agility, making them natural Handelian singers (both made fine contributions to the concert performance of Teseo at this year's London handel Festival).' - Classical Source (2018)

'Frances Gregory maintained cool dignity throughout, providing a point of dramatic steadiness...' - Classical Source (2018)

'Frances Gregory offered a Juno not to be trifled with, who yet certainly maintained and projected feelings of her own.' - Boulezian (2018)

'Frances Gregory's rich mezzo evinced Sycorax's regal righteousness, but she also conveyed the sorceress' pain with bittersweet poignancy.' - Opera Magazine (2018)

'Gregory is fearless and commanding in an incredibly difficult role' - The Guardian (2018)

'Here Egeo was sung by mezzo-soprano Frances Gregory, who has a lovely, well-modulated voice and finely musical technique.' - Planet Hugill (2018)

'The stand-out turn though, is mezzo-soprano Frances Gregory as the wronged witch Sycorax. Hers is the performance that draws us in.' - The Times (2018)

Royal Academy Opera Adv. Diploma
Royal Academy of Music
2017–2019
MA Performance - Distinction, DipRAM
Royal Academy of Music
2015–2017
BMus (Hons) 2:1
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2009–2013

British mezzo-soprano Frances Gregory is a recent graduate of Royal Academy Opera, where she was a Karaviotis scholar, winner of the 2018 RAM Club Prize and the Tom Hammond Opera Prize, a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach cantata soloist, and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle. Notable engagements whilst studying included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Trevor Pinnock as part of the RAM Bach: the European series, and her Wigmore Hall recital debut, promoting the Balladen of Carl Loewe, for Song Circle.

One of Laurence Cummings’ Handel House Talents for 19/20, further plans for the season include a return to the Amersham Festival of Music to sing Dorabella Così fan tutte, the role of Laura in Tom Coult's premiere of Violet for Music Theatre Wales, a co-production between Snape Maltings and Theater Magdeburg, which will also run at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Autumn 2020, and The Fox The Cunning Little Vixen for Longborough Festival Opera. Also for Music Theatre Wales she will cover the mezzo-soprano role in Philip Venables' Denis & Katya, a co-production with Opera Philadelphia.

A 2019 Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera, she covered and performed the role of Flamel in Offenbach's Fantasio, as well as performing step-out solos in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with the English Concert and Laurence Cummings, before joining the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar to sing Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro. She debuted with British Youth Opera in 2018 as Sycorax in Jeremy Sams’ pastiche The Enchanted Island, earning herself the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler’s Wells for her performance in the role.

Further operatic performances comprise Minskwoman Flight, Juno Semele, Véronique Docteur Miracle, Laura Iolanta (Royal Academy Opera), Egeo Teseo (London Handel Festival), Idamante Idomeneo (2018 Amersham Festival of Music), and Hansel Hansel and Gretel, directed by Sarah Walker CBE. Chorus work includes the 2017 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival.


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