Emily Gray

Singers, mezzo-soprano

Emily studied with Linda Hirst and Robert Bottriell at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, graduating with 1st class honours in performance in 2017. She took leading roles in two operas there – creating the role of Madge in Stephen McNeff’s Banished with Jessica Cottis, and singing Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Nicolas Kraemer. Both performances saw Emily singled out in the national press as “one to watch”. Fiona Maddocks wrote in the Guardian and Observer that Emily was a performer who “stood out as already knowing how to use her dramatic and vocal skills to the utmost.”

Since graduating in July 2017, Emily has performed as a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall St. Paul’s, Kings Place, and the Purcell Room. Her recent work includes the role of Lady Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s ‘Mansfield Park’ for Waterperry Opera Festival and the role of Mrs Grose in Britten’s ‘Turn of the Screw’ for Bury Court Opera. Further highlights for 2019 include working at the Royal Albert Hall once more as the mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, appearing as the alto soloist at Lincoln’s Cathedral in Elijah, and reprising the role of Lady Bertram for Waterperry’s 2019 season.

She was the recipient of the City Livery Club Prize for Excellence. In March 2018 she was the recipient of the Christopher Ball Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the John Kerr Award for English Song and in June 2018 she won the second prize in the AESS Patricia Routledge English Song competition. Emily performed at the London Song Festival in November 2018 with her duo partner, Nicole Johnson. She was a young artist in Leeds Lieder 2016 and toured with Catherine Bott playing a young Jane Austen, in John Morrison’s ‘A History of England’.

She also achieved success at an earlier age when she was named BBC Radio 2 Choir Girl of the Year 2000. She went on to record the album “Passiontide” for Naxos to critical acclaim, and has since released solo tracks under Chandos Movies and Divine Art Recordings Group.

Covid-19 saw the postponement of her English National Opera debut this year, when she was due to cover and sing the role of Kitchen Boy in ‘Rusalka’. Recently, she has recorded two BBC Radio 3 documentaries, the last being performances of songs by John Foulds and two CDs, featuring the songs of Michael Head and Eric Thiman and a second of songs by Herbert Howells and York Bowen. She was the soloist in a concert at Baroquestock with the Istante Collective.

1 Oct, 2021

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