Grace Lovelass is a mezzo soprano currently rehearsing Adalgisa (Norma) with Heber Opera. Having finished a run earlier this year as Olga in Eugene Onegin with the Oxford Alternative Orchestra and The People’s Opera, other roles include Tisbe in La Cenerentola, the Sorceress/Spirit in Dido & Aeneas and Flora in La Traviata. Grace has appeared in the chorus at the Dorset Opera Festival for three consecutive years, singing small and cover roles. Last year, she performed under the direction of Pamela Howard OBE as part of Bernstein in Chichester 2018.
Originally from Bedfordshire, Grace read Classics at King’s College London, taking lead roles in the annual King’s College Greek Play performed in ancient Greek. After moving to Dorset, she joined Wareham’s Rex Players – a group of variety performers who have raised over £60,000 for charity.
After 14 years as a public relations manager, Grace embarked on a professional singing career in 2014 under the tuition and guidance of Patricia Taylor. She made her classical/operatic debut at the Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival in 2015. On her return to the festival in 2016, she won first place in five classes, taking home the Dudley James Cup for Opera, Muriel Segal Cup for Lieder and Elizabeth Parkinson Cup for Oratorio.
Since then she has received support from local businesses, arts organisations and a host of dear friends. She was awarded an artist development bursary from Purbeck Art Weeks and received an overwhelming response to an online Crowdfunder campaign, funding her studies in Opera at the Associated Studios.
Grace lives with her husband in a village close to the picturesque Jurassic Coast. Having rowed competitively for over 15 years, she enjoys running in the Purbeck countryside. She is also a trained ballroom and latin dancer and has competed at the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.