Grace Lovelass is an operatic mezzo soprano whose roles include Adalgisa (Norma) with Heber Opera, Olga (Eugene Onegin) with the Oxford Alternative Orchestra and The People’s Opera, Tisbe (La Cenerentola), the Sorceress/Spirit (Dido & Aeneas) and Flora (La Traviata).
During the recent coronavirus pandemic, Grace launched her own YouTube channel. She ran a vlog called “Singing from home” for the duration of the UK lockdown and continues to post in a weekly series entitled “Operacise” – a commentary on her life as a singer as well as her love for sport and exercise.
Grace appeared in the chorus at the Dorset Opera Festival for three consecutive years, singing small and cover roles, as well as in Die Zauberflöte with Hurn Court Opera. She also performed under the direction of Pamela Howard OBE as part of Bernstein in Chichester 2018 and more recently, in an original singspiel 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. After moving to Dorset, she joined Wareham’s Rex Players – a group of variety performers who have raised over £60,000 for charity.
Formerly 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.
As well as support from local businesses, arts organisations and a host of dear friends, 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 regularly appears as a soloist with choral societies and as part of festival programmes. She is also a registered musician with Lost Chord – a charity that works to bring music to dementia and residential care homes across the UK.
Grace lives with her husband in the Purbecks, close to the picturesque landmarks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. A keen triathlete, she enjoys swimming, cycling and running on the Jurassic Coast and is preparing for her first Ironman in 2021. She is also a trained ballroom and latin dancer and has competed at the world famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.