Heber Opera would like to introduce to you Grace Lovelass ( mezzo-soprano) in the role of “Adalgisa“ (replacing Michel Restieux who unfortunately had to withdraw because of other commitments).
Grace currently lives in Dorset which is at least a 4 hour round trip to Hurstpierpoint each week for rehearsals. When someone is willing to undertake that amount of travelling for a role it shows a real commitment to their love of singing.
Originally from Bedfordshire, Grace read Classics at Kings College London and on graduation, her career for the next 14 years was in Public Relations. Grace has appeared with Dorset Opera Festival for each of the past three years singing small and cover roles as well as chorus and for other company’s has taken roles in a variety of operas including Eugene Onegin, Cenerentola, Dido & Aeneas, and La Traviata.
In 2015 she made her classical/operatic debut at the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival and the following year was placed first in five prestigious classes taking home a lot of silverware to polish!
Deciding to embark on a professional singing career Grace secured awards, bursaries and sponsorship to help fund her on-going studies in Opera at the Associated Studios in London. Since turning professional, Grace has been a regular guest soloist with choirs such as Wessex Festival Singers, Wareham Choral Society and Purbeck Arts Choir and last year appeared under the direction of Pamela Howard OBE as part of Bernstein in Chichester 2018.
When not exercising her vocal chords Grace takes advantage of living close to the Jurassic coast. She has been a keen competitive rower for over 15 years and also enjoys running in the beautiful Purbeck countryside. For any “Strictly” fans among our Heber followers, they might be interested to learn that she is a trained ballroom and Latin dancer with competitive experience in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom!!
From our point of view it was very important to secure someone who would not only blend vocally and dramatically but would also have the right personality to fit in with the existingHeber team. We feel sure this is the case with Grace and are delighted and privileged to welcome such a talented young lady into our midst. We are sure she has a successful career ahead of her and know you will enjoy her portrayal of Adalgisa in our production of “Norma” this May.