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BA (Hons)

Biography

Avril Gray graduated with BA Hons degree in English specialising in Anglo-Saxon Archaeology from Kings College, London . She then studied singing at the Royal College of Music, London and with Tito Gobbi in Rome .

 

In the UK she has appeared at the Purcell Room, Sadler's Wells, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Opera North. Abroad she has sung in Düsseldorf; Dortmund ; Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam ; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam ; Antwerp Opera and La Monnaie, Brussels . She has sung in five seasons at Bayreuth 's Wagner Festival and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She has also appeared on television in Bermuda .

 

In a lighter vein, appearances in West End musicals include “Bernadette” at the Dominion Theatre, and “Phantom of the Opera”.

 

She has given recitals in lieder in all the London churches and in Paris and recently gave a recital at the Sandwich Music Festival.

 

Conductors she has worked with include Barenboim, Cambreling, Von Dohnanyi, Haitink, Levine, Lloyd Jones,Rozhedestvensky, Runnicles, Schneider, Sinopoli and Omri Hadari.

 

Producers include Wolfgang Wagner, Werner Herzog, Harry Kupfer and Hal Prince.

 

In the course of her career she has been presented to Prince Charles, Prince Edward and the late Queen Mother.

 

She is also a published poet and has recently had a poem displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

 

Her present singing teacher is Madame Marie-Henriette Dejean in Paris and she recently arranged for Madame Dejean's book on singing technique to be published in the UK.