Praised for her “idiomatic and stylish singing” (The Telegraph) British mezzo-soprano Frances Gregory is newly appointed Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the 2023-2025 seasons. She first appeared with the OAE in their acclaimed Bach: The Universe and Everything series and will also sing Elgar’s Sea Pictures.

This season she makes her debut with The English Concert as Arnalta / Nutrice / Famigliare 1 L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional, Madrid; with The Gabrieli Consort in J. S. Bach’s B Minor Mass at the KKL Lucerne; and at The Grange Festival as Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea with La Nuova Music. Current engagements further include Ellie Gifford Under the Greenwood Tree for Dorset Opera Festival, Dido Dido and Aeneas for Eboracum Baroque, Cambridge, Alcando in Pergolesi’s L’Olimpiade for Vache Baroque, Messiah with The Ulster Consort, Mozart Requiem at St Endellion Festival and Purcell Songs with Bjarte Eike at the Royal Academy of Music.

She was a Studio Artist at Opéra national de Lyon, an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera at Wormsley (where she covered and performed Flamel Fantasio) and an Emerging Artist at Longborough Festival Opera (singing Fox The Cunning Little Vixen). She created the role of Laura in Tom Coult’s Violet for the opening of the 2022 Aldeburgh Festival, further performances at Buxton International Festival and Hackney Empire. The production was a collaboration between Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales, in association with The Royal Opera Opera, and was subsequently nominated for an Independent Opera and UK Achievement in Theatre Award.

Her operatic engagements have further included Nancy Albert Herring for Clonter Opera, Claudio Silla for Northern Opera Group, Egeo Teseo at London Handel Festival, La Messaggera / Proserpina L’Orfeo for Longborough Festival Opera, Apsara (also covering La Messaggera) in Orpheus, an innovative re-imagining of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Opera North and Philip Venables’ Denis & Katya with Music Theatre Wales. For her performance as Sycorax in Jeremy Sama’s pastiche The Enchanted Island, she was awarded the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler’s Wells.

A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, where her roles for Royal Academy Opera included Minskwoman Flight, Juno Semele and Laura Iolanta she was a Karaviotis scholar, Winner of the RAM Club Prize and Tom Hammond Opera prize, a RAM / Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata soloist and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle, with whom she made her Wigmore Hall debut performing Carl Loewe’s Balladen.

Upcoming events with The Mozartists:

Le nozze di Figaro
21 October 2024 – Cadogan Hall, London
Le nozze di Figaro
23 October 2024 – Teatro Massimo Communale, Syracuse

Praised for her “idiomatic and stylish singing” (The Telegraph) British mezzo-soprano Frances Gregory is newly appointed Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the 2023-2025 seasons. She first appeared with the OAE in their acclaimed Bach: The Universe and Everything series and will also sing Elgar’s Sea Pictures.

This season she makes her debut with The English Concert as Arnalta / Nutrice / Famigliare 1 L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional, Madrid; with The Gabrieli Consort in J. S. Bach’s B Minor Mass at the KKL Lucerne; and at The Grange Festival as Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea with La Nuova Music. Current engagements further include Ellie Gifford Under the Greenwood Tree for Dorset Opera Festival, Dido Dido and Aeneas for Eboracum Baroque, Cambridge, Alcando in Pergolesi’s L’Olimpiade for Vache Baroque, Messiah with The Ulster Consort, Mozart Requiem at St Endellion Festival and Purcell Songs with Bjarte Eike at the Royal Academy of Music.

She was a Studio Artist at Opéra national de Lyon, an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera at Wormsley (where she covered and performed Flamel Fantasio) and an Emerging Artist at Longborough Festival Opera (singing Fox The Cunning Little Vixen). She created the role of Laura in Tom Coult’s Violet for the opening of the 2022 Aldeburgh Festival, further performances at Buxton International Festival and Hackney Empire. The production was a collaboration between Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales, in association with The Royal Opera Opera, and was subsequently nominated for an Independent Opera and UK Achievement in Theatre Award.

Her operatic engagements have further included Nancy Albert Herring for Clonter Opera, Claudio Silla for Northern Opera Group, Egeo Teseo at London Handel Festival, La Messaggera / Proserpina L’Orfeo for Longborough Festival Opera, Apsara (also covering La Messaggera) in Orpheus, an innovative re-imagining of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Opera North and Philip Venables’ Denis & Katya with Music Theatre Wales. For her performance as Sycorax in Jeremy Sama’s pastiche The Enchanted Island, she was awarded the Dame Hilda Brackett Award from Sadler’s Wells.

A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, where her roles for Royal Academy Opera included Minskwoman Flight, Juno Semele and Laura Iolanta she was a Karaviotis scholar, Winner of the RAM Club Prize and Tom Hammond Opera prize, a RAM / Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata soloist and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle, with whom she made her Wigmore Hall debut performing Carl Loewe’s Balladen.

Upcoming events with The Mozartists:

Le nozze di Figaro
21 October 2024 – Cadogan Hall, London
Le nozze di Figaro
23 October 2024 – Teatro Massimo Communale, Syracuse