Soprano Gemma Summerfield graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio in 2016. Continuing to work closely with Rosa Mannion she has enjoyed honing her craft across a wide range of repertoire. Highlights on the Operatic Stage include Mimì (La bohème, Northern Ireland Opera), Nanetta (Falstaff, Scottish Opera), Pamina (The Magic Flute, Glyndebourne & Scottish Opera), Paula Jordan (Dinner at Eight, Wexford Festival Opera) Rodelinda (Rodelinda, cover, English National Opera) Michal (Saul, cover, Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Ginevra (Ariodante) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). This season will see Gemma perform Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte for Opéra national du Rhin and make her Wigmore Hall Recital Debut.
Gemma consistently proves her capabilities on platforms around the world. In recent recitals she has performed throughout the UK, and in Norway, Canada and Denmark. Oratorio Performances include Beethoven in Switzerland, Bach in Beirut and Mozart in Westminster Abbey. This Season she will debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozart Concert Orchestra and in recital with Duo Partner Sebastian Wybrew.
Using competition platforms regularly to cement her standing amongst her peers, Gemma was awarded First Prize in the Concorso Lirico Internazionale de Portofino 2019, ‘swept the board’ at the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards winning both 1st Prize and the Loveday Song Prize , and was the only British finalist in the inaugural Glyndebourne Cup and the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montreal.
Also a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians having been awarded the Silver Medal, Gemma holds the current Susan Chilcott award, administered by the Royal Philharmonic Society and is a Carne Scholar.
July / August 2021
Northern Ireland Opera
Puccini La bohème
World Premiere Simon Rowland Jones Smile, O Voluptuous Cool Breath’d Earth! & Fauré Requiem
Carols by Candlelight Tour
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Valentine’s Day Opera Gala
Opéra National du Rhin
Mozart Così fan tutte
Gemma Summerfield and Sebastian Wybrew first struck accord in 2014 when they met at the Royal College of Music. They take pride in programming exciting pathways through recitals and this has stood them in good stead to launch a career as a duo. Sebastian played for Gemma’s first major competition in 2015: the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. On this occasion Summerfield won First Prize and the Loveday Song Prize and duly credits this win to the creativity and flexibility that this partnership allows. Further recognition of their work together came in the form of the Jean Meikle Duo Prize awarded to the pair at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. They went on to be finalists in the Concours Musical International de Montreal in May 2018 and you can watch this performance above.
They have continued to work closely together and it has been noted that their bond of friendship breathes a unique ‘life’ into their performances. Performing together regularly on concert platforms around the UK and across the Globe means that Sebastian and Gemma have a wealth of experience which informs unique recitals to suit the individualities of venues and audiences.
Concert enquires for the duo can be made through the contact form on this website.
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