Gemma Morsley

Gemma Morsley

Lyric Mezzo-Soprano

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«"Gemma Morsley’s waspy Marcellina is an absolute delight, getting right to the heart of the role with her finely-honed mezzo"»
Operissima (2018)
«"A soaring voice and acting talent"»
Extra! Extra! (2018)
«"Gemma Morsley did not disappoint, bringing both sensual fire and intriguing vulnerability to Maddalena, as well as a well-judged sense of comedy"»
bachtrack (2018)


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 includingIolanthe, 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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