Grace Lovelass is an operatic mezzo-soprano who has sung Marthe Schwerdtlein (Faust) with Opéra de Baugé – where she was awarded the Gil-Rodriguez scholarship, Adalgisa (Norma) and Nancy (Martha) with Heber Opera, Olga (Eugene Onegin) with Oxford Alternative Orchestra and Tisbe (La Cenerentola) with Red Earth Opera, as well as the Sorceress/Spirit (Dido & Aeneas), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Olga/Margot (The Merry Widow) and Flora (La Traviata).
She is a concert soloist and, in 2022, premiered the role of Mary Magdalene in a new Passion setting under the baton of David Ogden and the City of Bristol Choir.
An energetic entertainer, Grace is currently creating her one-woman show Disgraceful – a programme of opera, parodies and impersonations billed as “the rebellion of an off-duty opera singer” – which has received support from the Sanctuary scheme at Lighthouse – Poole’s Centre for the Arts.
Grace emerged from the pandemic combining her singing and acting talents as the Queen Bee in Exit the Queen – a fringe creation from Brighton Theatre and a role written for her. She returned to the 2022 fringe as Tamburlaine in Cocky & the Tardigrades.
Grace has also sung in the Dorset Opera Festival and joined the cast for the Virtual Opera Project‘s award-winning production of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges during the coronavirus pandemic – a collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
She performed under the direction of Pamela Howard OBE as part of Bernstein in Chichester 2018 and more recently, in singspiel scenario, The Ballad of the Cosmo Café.
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.
Formerly a public relations manager, Grace 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.
Grace 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 Dorset, close to picturesque coastal landmarks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
A keen triathlete, she swims, cycles and runs along the South Coast and completed her first Ironman in France in 2021. She documents her athletic endeavours, to include preparation for Ironman Barcelona in October 2023, in Trioomph – the podcast. Grace is frequently booked as a public speaker to talk about her life as a singer and athlete.
Grace is also a trained dancer and has competed in ballroom and latin at the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.