At the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards Gemma ‘swept the board’ winning both First Prize and the Song Prize for her performance of Sibelius’s Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte. Additional accolades include The Cuthbert Smith Prize in the Lies Askonas Competition 2014, The Governors’ Recital Prize for Voice 2013, and The Norma Grieg Prize for French Song 2013, as well as being a finalist in the 2014 Thelma King Award.
Gemma Lois Summerfield is studying at the Royal College of Music International Opera School under the tutelage of vocal teacher Rosa Mannion and coach Simon Lepper. In operatic repertoire Gemma has played Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus, Strauss, RCMIOS), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart, RCMIOS) Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni, Mozart, Rye Arts Festival) Annina (La Traviata, Verdi, Rye Arts Festival), and was cast as La Chauve-Souris and Une Pastourelle in L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel, RCMIOS), also playing Vixen, Musetta, Ludmilla and Ilia in scenes from The Cunning Little Vixen, La boheme, The Bartered Bride and Idomeneo respectively.
A graduate of The Solti Accademia and Oxenfoord International Summer School, Gemma has taken part in masterclasses with Leo Nucci; Barbara Frittoli, Richard Bonynge; Sarah Connolly; Felicity Palmer; Edith Wiens; Susan Bullock; Patricia MacMahon; Joan Rodgers; and renowned accompanists Roger Vignoles, and Robin Bowman and with Malcolm Martineau.
Upcoming operatic appearances include Ginevra (Ariodante, Handel, RCMIOS and London Handel Festival), Beatrice (Il Vologeso, Jommelli, Classical Opera, Cadogan Hall) and in recital at St John’s Smith Square and Leighton House for The Ferrier Awards and at The Brighton Festival and Portuguese Embassy. She is fully supported in her studies as a Richard Carne Scholar supported by a Basil Coleman Opera Award and is also an active participant on the Live Music Now scheme and is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.