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Frances Gregory

Voice Type:

Mezzo-Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Laura
Iolanta (Tchaikovsky)
Royal Academy Opera
2019
Flamel
Fantasio (Offenbach)
Garsington
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
Venus
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
2019
Chorus
Fantasio (Offenbach)
Garsington
2019
Chorus
Vespers of 1610 (Monteverdi)
Garsington
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)
Eynsham Choral Society
2016
Soloist
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Milton Keynes Chorale
2016
Soloist
Heiligmesse (Haydn)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
2016

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The Turn of the Screw - Wild Swan Opera 2014

The Turn of the Screw - Wild Swan Opera 2014

The Turn of the Screw - Wild Swan Opera 2014

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

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

Competitions

RAM Club Prize (2018)

City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir Silver Salver for Most Outstanding Performance - DCFS (2015)

Constance Shacklock Memorial Rose Bowl for Most Outstanding Operatic Performance - DCFS (2015)

Songs from the Shows Prize - David Clover Festival of Singing (2015)

The Elizabeth Watts Lied Prize - David Clover Festival of Singing (2015)

The ISM Sheffield Opera Prize - David Clover Festival of Singing (2015)

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

'...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 (ongoing)
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

Frances Gregory was born in Sheffield and is a mezzo-soprano currently studying with Royal Academy Opera, where she is taught by Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham. Winner of the 2018 RAM Club Prize, she is also a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach cantata soloist, and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle.

Last summer she debuted with British Youth Opera as Sycorax, in Jeremy Sams’ pastiche The Enchanted Island, to critical acclaim. She was also recipient of the Patrick Fyffe - Dame Hilda Brackett award from Sadler’s Wells for her performance in the role.

Further operatic performances comprise Laura - Iolanta, Juno - Semele, Véronique - Docteur Miracle, Minskwoman - Flight (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.

Recent and future engagements include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Trevor Pinnock as part of the Bach the European series at RAM, her Wigmore Hall recital debut, promoting the Balladen of Carl Loewe for Song Circle, and covering Flamel in Offenbach’s Fantasio at Garsington, where she will be a 2019 Alvarez Young Artist.

Frances is generously supported by Joseph Karaviotis, Howard de Walden Estates, and the Josephine Baker Trust.

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