"It’s cast from strength too, with a gorgeously creamy Pamina from Gemma Summerfield..."
Simon Thompson, The Times
"It announced a heart-stealing Pamina in Gemma Summerfield, plumbing the depths of "Ach, ich fühl's" with her clean, personable soprano and artless phrasing."
Andrew Clark, Opera magazine
"...a show-stopper - pure vocal champagne."
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph
"...already a fast-rising star."
Fiona Maddocks, Guardian
British soprano Gemma Summerfield was awarded First Prize at the 2019 Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino and is the winner of the 2018 Susan Chilcott Award for Singers as well as both First Prize and the Song Prize at the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. She won the Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and was a finalist in the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup in 2018.
Highlights of the 2019-20 season include her house debuts at the Opéra national du Rhin (Fiordiligi Così fan tutte) and Grange Park Opera (Musetta La bohème), as well as her debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Bach Choir and the Hallé.
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The Hallé cond. Sir Mark Elder, Bridgewater Hall / February 2020
Gemma Summerfield’s voice glided effortlessly over the whole texture...the final scene boasted both a sweet orchestral quartet of wind principals from the Hallé and an ensemble sound from the front of the stage that was remarkable – Gemma Summerfield’s contribution not the least among them – while the Hallé Choir provided sterling support from the heights beyond. It was the kind of sound Elder could whip up to a truly Beethovenian fire of conviction by its close.
Robert Beale, The Arts Desk, 28 February 2020
Pamina, Die Zauberflöte
Scottish Opera, May 2019
It’s cast from strength too, with a gorgeously creamy Pamina from Gemma Summerfield...
Simon Thompson, The Times, 6 May 2019
The women also give the strongest vocal performances of this cast, Gemma Summerfield a lovely warm-toned Pamina...
Keith Bruce, The Herald, 6 May 2019
Gemma Summerfield’s honeyed Pamina...
David Smythe, Bachtrack, 6 May 2019
All cast members generally impress - though Gemma Summerfield and Julia Sitkovetsky shine above them all vocally, commanding powerful yet elegant and agile instruments in the roles of Pamina and The Queen of the Night respectively.
William Parker, Opera Guide Scotland, 6 May 2019
The new cast was altogether classier than in 2012. It announced a heart-stealing Pamina in Gemma Summerfield, plumbing the depths of "Ach, ich fühl's" with her clean, personable soprano and artless phrasing.
Andrew Clark, Opera magazine, July 2019
Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte)
Bury Court Opera
Leading the cast was Gemma Summerfield, who only recently left the Royal College of Music but already displays astonishing maturity. Her Come scoglio coupled heroic punch with exhilarating passagework, and Per pieta was shaped with searing sensitivity.
Nina Lejderman, Bury Court Opera