Jemma Brown

Jemma Brown

Light Dramatic Soprano

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«'Brown’s robust range brings a sharpness to Donna Elvira’s fiery barbs as she raises her voice against the man who has so carelessly used her.'......'Brown...has a great deal of power to her voice, which cuts through the space with vigour and finesse.'»
(All Edinburgh Theatre, 14/5/17) (2017)
«Jemma Brown was making her debut as a soprano and on this evidence I believe she has made absolutely the right change of Fach. It was a remarkable first stab at a fearsome role but she appears to have a bright refined sound, good control and ample reserves of power at her command and I look forward to hearing about her progress.»
Jim Pritchard, Seen and heard International 03/05/2016) (2017)
«Jemma Brown, whose rock-steady mezzo gave body and stillness to the pronouncements of the earth goddess Erda»
Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine, March 2014 (2017)
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2017Wagner: GötterdämmerungGutrune
2017Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf NaxosAriadne
2016Wagner: Die WalküreBrünnhilde
2016Verdi: FalstaffMeg Page
2016Wagner: Die WalküreWaltraute
2015Strauss R.: Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65Amme
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroMarcellina
2015Britten: Albert HerringLady Billows
2014Wagner: GötterdämmerungZweite Norn
2014Wagner: GötterdämmerungWaltraute
2014Wagner: Die WalküreWaltraute
2014Wagner R.: Das RheingoldErda
2014Wagner R.: SiegfriedErda
2014Verdi: AidaAmneris
2012Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginFilipyevna
2011Britten: Albert HerringLady Billows
2011Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGertrud


Jemma studied with Patricia MacMahon and obtained a BMus (hons) from the University of Glasgow. She completed her PgDip, MMus (performance), MMus (opera) and MOpera with Kathleen McKellar Ferguson at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the RSAMD with grateful assistance from the RSAMD scholarship trust, Donald Dewar Arts Awards and the Fenton Arts Trust. She now studies with Judith Howarth.

Jemma has performed contemporary works as a soloist in the 2015 Turner Prize nominated 'Doug' by Janice Kerbel, at Max at 75 (Maxwell Davies/Dark Angels), Plug (Murphy/Am Turme) and with the RSNO (Lindberg/Graffiti|). She created the role of Marga the Mesmerist (Boyle/Kaspar Hauser) and performed Cally Spooner's 'Damning Evidence Illicit Behaviour Seemingly Insurmountable Great Sadness Terminated In Any Manner' at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art as part of British Art Show 8.

She made her Proms debut in 2010 with the BBCSSO and Donald Runnicles and was a Britten Pears Young Artist in 2011 as Lady Billows in Albert Herring.

Operatic Roles include Lady Billows (Britten/Albert Herring), Filipjevna (Tchaikovsky/Eugene Onegin), Gertrude (Humperdinck/Hansel & Gretel), Waltraute (Wagner/Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung), Erda (Wagner/Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Second Norn (Wagner/Götterdämmerung), Fricka (Wagner/Das Rheingold) Marcellina (Mozart/Figaro), Meg Page (Verdi/Falstaff) and Donna Elvira (Mozart/Don Giovanni).

Roles performed in concert include Amneris (Verdi/Aida), Klytaemnestra (Strauss/Elektra), Die Amme (Strauss/Frau ohne Schatten), Brünnhilde (Wagner/Walküre) and Gutrune (Wagner/Götterdämmerung). Upcoming roles include Primadonna/Ariadne (Strauss/Ariadne auf Naxos).

Jemma and her duo partner Maryam Sherhan are proud alumni of Live Music Now!, a scheme set up by Yehudi Menuhin to help young professional musicians at the beginning of their careers and to take quality live music into venues lacking in live performance, such as schools, nursing homes and prisons. They have given recitals at the National Museum of Scotland, Music at Paxton, Shetland Arts, Westbourne music, and the Usher Hall a have participated in residencies at and Aberdeen International Youth Festival and at EMS creative exchange in Crear. They made their Edinburgh International Festival debut in 2016 performing Wagner and Strauss lieder as part of the songlines project.

Jemma's teaching experience includes Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire and NYCOS Girls' Choir. Success with private students includes admission to Junior Conservatoire and excellent results in SQA and ABRSM exams. Jemma was recently accepted as an examiner for the ABRSM.

Jemma assists in the running of Paisley Opera, a community opera company with an amateur chorus and professional solo ensemble, who are currently working on a devised piece for the late summer engaging with the rich heritage of Paisley.

Jemma currently holds the post of Organist and Director of Music at Wallneuk North Parish Church, Paisley, having previously been engaged at Colston Wellpark, Broomknoll and Beath and Cowdenbeath North Churches. Jemma is artistic director of a Sunday afternoon concert series she established at the Church, featuring Chamber musicians and soloists of international standard.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Don Giovanni Donna Elvira 1 week Voicearc Opera Edinburgh 2017
Wagner: Götterdämmerung Gutrune No Fulham Opera 2017
Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne No Voicearc Opera Edinburgh 2017
Wagner: Die Walküre Brünnhilde No Fulham Opera 2016
Verdi: Falstaff Meg Page Immediately Fulham Opera 2016


Donald Dewar Arts Award
Fenton Arts Trust
Britten pears scholar
Tony and tania webster prize for russian song