Pearson, Gail

Renowned as one of the UK’s most respected and experienced sopranos, Gail Pearson’s remarkable career is testimony as much to her superb musicality as to her dramatic ability. She enjoyed both critical and public acclaim as Ann Truelove in The Rake’s Progress for Angers-Nantes Opéra (a role she also performed under the baton of the late Richard Hickox), while extending her growing discography earlier this year by recording the role of Echo in Ariadne for Chandos. Her immediate future schedule includes a welcome return to Opera Holland Park as Garsenda in Francesca da Rimini. Gail has appeared extensively in the UK with performances ranging from Frasquita in Carmen for Welsh National Opera and English National Opera to Alyeya in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead and appearing at festivals such as the Buxton and Aldeburgh Festivals.  Highlights of her international engagements have included Arbate in Mitridate at the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris and First Nice in Peter Grimes for Opéra de Nancy and Oberto in Alcina for Opernhaus Zürich. 

Gail’s concert work includes numerous successful collaborations with the Raymond Gubbay organisation, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Cherubini’s Medée with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Mackerras) at the Salzburg Festival, Oberto with the Academy of Ancient Music (Paul Goodwin) in Poissy and Montreux. Her recordings include Iris in Semele, recorded for Grange Park Opera, Vaughan Williams’s The Poisoned Kiss (Hickox) and Jenůfa for Covent Garden, conducted by Sir Bernard Haitink.