"...a show-stopper - pure vocal champagne."
Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph
"...already a fast-rising star."
Fiona Maddocks, Guardian
British soprano Gemma Summerfield was 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 2018-19 season include her house debuts at Wexford Festival Opera (Paula Jordan in the European premiere of William Balcom’s Dinner at Eight) and Scottish Opera (Pamina in Sir Thomas Allen’s production of The Magic Flute).
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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
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