Gemma Coma-Alabert, mezzosoprano

Born in Girona, Gemma Coma-Alabert obtained the 1st prize at the Conservatoire National in Paris, attended the Guildhall School of Music in London and was in residence in the Opera Studio at the Opera National de Lyon. She has performed at the Aspen Opera Theater (USA) as Medea in Cavalli’s Giasone conducted by Harry Bicket, of which the New York Times said, "Gemma Coma-Alabert, a spitfire mezzo-soprano, made fine work of Medea in both vocal tone and characterization." She returned to Aspen as a guest artist for a recital of Spanish songs with guitarist Sharon Isbin, and made her New York debut at the 92nd Street Y, also with Ms. Isbin.

Her repertoire includes roles such as Carmen, Ottavia (Poppea), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Rosina (Barbière di Siviglia), Isaura (Tancredi), Zulma (l’Italiana in Algerie), Cloe (l’Arbore de Diana), Teresa (La Sannambula), Rossweisse (Walküre), Flora (La Traviata), Nicklausse/Muse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Abadesa (Suor Angelica), Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring), and Selysette (Ariane et Barbe-bleue). She has sung at the Liceu Barcelona, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Ópera de Bilbao, Ópera de Oviedo, Òpera de Catalunya/Òpera de Sabadell, Opéra National de Montpellier, Théâtre des Champs Elyséss Paris and Teatro Real de Madrid, etc.

Her recent vocal-symphonic repertoire stretches from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony through Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust, Pau Casals’ El Pessebre, Manuel de Falla’s L'Atlàntida (Reina Pirene) and Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Alt 1) to Granados’ Dante (CD release by Naxos), which she has sung with orchestras such as Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestra of the Liceu Barcelona as well as Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

She has worked with conductors such as Harry Bicket, Fabio Biondi, Ottavio Dantone, Stéphane Denève, Pablo Gonzáles, Lawrence Foster, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Andrea Marcon, Zubin Mehta, Josep Pons, Arthur Post, Antoni Ros-Marbà, and stage directors like Peter Brook, Massimo Gasparon, Claus Guth, Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier, Marco Arturo Marelli, Francisco Negrin, Laurent Pelly, Emilio Sagi, Krzysztof Warlikowski and Barrie Kosky.

Recent releases include the Opus Arte DVD of Ariane et Barbe-bleue from the Liceu Barcelona and the London Philharmonic Naxos recording of Bottesini’s Requiem. In 2014 Naxos recorded her singing Grandados’ Dante with Barcelona Symphony Orechestra.