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Gemma Morsley

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Flora
La traviata (Verdi)
King's Head Theatre, Islington
2018
Marcellina
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Dartington International Festival
2018
Larina
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
OperaUpClose
2018
Marcellina
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
The Merry Opera Company
2018
Grimgerde
Die Walküre (Wagner)
Grange Park Opera
2017
Dorabella
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)
Opera Chez Cartier, France
2017
Soloist
Staged Messiah (Handel)
The Merry Opera Company
2017
3rd Flowermaiden/2nd Squire
Parsifal (Wagner)
Elemental Opera
2016
La Ciesca
Gianni Schicci (Puccini)
Fulham Opera
2015
Carmen
Carmen (Bizet)
Opera South East
2014
Maddalena
Rigoletto (Verdi)
Opera Loki
2014
Third Lady
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
The Merry Opera Company
2013
Flora/Annina
La traviata (Verdi)
The Merry Opera Company
2012
Second Lady/Second Boy
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
St John's Smith Square
2011
Dorabella
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Jacksons Lane Theatre
2011
Second Lady
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Zeist Festival, Netherlands
2008

Operetta/G&S

Fleta
Iolanthe (Sullivan)
Tarantara Productions
2017
Chorus
H.M.S. Pinafore (Sullivan)
Tarantara Productions
2016
Chorus
The Mikado (Sullivan)
Buxton G&S Festival
2012
Cousin Hebe
H.M.S. Pinafore (Sullivan)
Buxton G&S Festival
2012

Musical Theatre

Mrs Sowerberry
Oliver! (Bart)
Grange Park Opera
2016
Fruma Sarah
Fiddler on the Roof (Bock)
Grange Park Opera
2015
Margaret Iredale (Lead)
King & Country (World Premiere) (Brand)
Brighton Fringe
2014
White Witch
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Various)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2013
Cabaret
The Fingask Follies (Various)
Fingask Castle & Tour
2009
Lucrezia
Casanova (Godfrey)
King's Head Theatre, Islington
2009

Chorus

Chorus
Tosca (Puccini)
Grange Park Opera
2017
Chorus (cover Ulrica)
Un ballo in maschera (Verdi)
Opera Project at West Green House
2017
Chorus
Don Carlo (Verdi)
Grange Park Opera
2016
Chorus
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Grange Park Opera
2015
Chorus
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
2014
Chorus
I gioielli di Madonna (Wolf-Ferrari)
Opera Holland Park
2013
Chorus
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
Opera Holland Park
2013
Chorus
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Opera Holland Park
2013
Chorus
Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni)
Opera Holland Park
2013
Chorus (cover Hebe)
H.M.S. Pinafore (Sullivan)
The G&S Opera Company
2012
Chorus
The Elixir of Love (Donizetti)
Oyster Opera
2010

Oratorio/Concerts

Chorus
Le villi (Puccini)
Opera Rara
2018
Mezzo Soloist
Serenade to Music (Vaughan-Williams)
Monkton Combe Choral Society
2018
Alto soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Woodside Singers at Romsey Abbey
2017
Chorus
Semiramide (Rossini)
BBC Proms
2016
Soloist
New Year's Eve Gala (Various)
St Martin-in-the-Fields
2016
Mezzo-soprano soloist
Baroque Concert Tour (Various inc. Handel, Bach, Vivaldi)
European Baroque Ensemble
2015
Fruma Sarah
Fiddler on the Roof (Bock)
Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms
2015

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Carmen (with Chris Elliott) - Opera South East - 2014 (copyright Mark Duncan)

Flora - La traviata - The Merry Opera Company - 2012 (copyright Polly Hancock)

Fruma Sarah - Fiddler on the Roof - GPO - 2015 (copyright Robert Workman

Gemma Morsley Promo Shot

Gremin Ball, Eugene Onegin - GPO - 2015 (copyright Robert Workman)

Grimgerde - Die Walküre - Grange Park Opera - 2017 (copyright Robert Workman)

Larina Ball, Eugene Onegin - GPO - 2015 (copyright, Robert Workman)

Marcellina - The Marriage of Figaro - The Merry Opera Company - 2018 (copyright Laurent Compagnon)

Messiah 2017 (copyright Robert Workman)

Mrs Sowerberry - Oliver! - GPO - 2016 (copyright Robert Workman)

Rigoletto in Les Gozinieres - Opera Loki - 2014

Seguidilla (with Chris Elliott as Don Jose) - Opera South East - 2014 (copyright Mark Duncan)

Walkabout/Flashmob opera with Oyster Opera - 2012

White Witch - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Creation Theatre - 2013

Dartington Financial Assistance Award

Grange Park Opera Scholarship

"Gemma Morsley’s waspy Marcellina is an absolute delight, getting right to the heart of the role with her finely-honed mezzo." - Operissima (2018)

"The Valkyries were a terrifying lot, especially Becca Marriott’s Ortlinde and Gemma Morsley’s Grimgerde – their glee as they hauled the bloodied body bags (those were some slender heroes) and their terror at the implications of their sister’s deed, were enough to send any would-be warrior off the field lest he should catch their gaze." - Music OMH (2017)

"Gemma Morsley did not disappoint, bringing both sensual fire and intriguing vulnerability to Maddalena, as well as a well-judged sense of comedy" - Bachtrack (2014)

"The singing is of a high standard throughout with no weak links, but Gemma Morsley as Dorabella stands out" - WhatOnStage (2011)

"A soaring voice and acting talent" Extra! Extra! (2009)

Gemma Morsley is a British mezzo-soprano and actress. Versatile and inventive, she is equally at home in dramatic, lyric and character roles. She has sung with companies across the UK, Europe and the Far East including Grange Park Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opera Holland Park, Opera Rara and OperaUpClose. She was most recently seen as Flora in a new translation of La traviata at London’s King’s Head Theatre.

Gemma’s operatic credits include the title role in Carmen for Opera South East, Grimgerde in Die Walküre for Grange Park Opera, 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 earlier this year, 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.

Gemma is grateful for support from the Grange Park Opera Scholarship and Dartington Financial Assistance Award.


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