Tenor George Ross Somerville is quickly establishing himself as a singer of great vocal variety and dramatic complexity. In Sarasota Opera’s Tosca, he “was an excellent and spidery Spoletta, his versatile tenor holding us like Velcro.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle / Nino Pantano) Originally from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, he has appeared with companies such as Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Philadelphia, The Princeton Festival, CoOperative Concert Opera, Opera Slavica, and the Metropolitan Opera.
In the 2016-2017 season, he made his solo debut with Opera Philadelphia as the Prince of Persia in the Renaud Doucet production of Turandot, conducted by Corrado Rovaris. He originated the role of The Runt in James Darrah’s production of Breaking the Waves, and he made his New York debut with The Prototype Festival, reprising his role in Breaking the Waves, conducted by Julian Wachner. He also sang The Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion with David Spitko’s ensemble, The Choristers, and he created the role of Morbus in Opera Philadelphia’s world premiere of The Wake World by David Hertzberg. He currently is working with composers to bring new and exciting characters to the stage.
Highlights of previous seasons include his debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as Horace Adams in Peter Grimes, as well as Trin in La Fanculla del West, his company debut at Opera Saratoga as First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, a role debut as Laca in Opera Slavica’s production of Jenufa, and The Evangelist in the St. John Passion with The Thirteen Chamber Choir, conducted by Matthew Robertson.
As a professional chorister, he has appeared in the ensemble with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and The New York Philharmonic. An active church musician, he is a frequent cantor at many catholic churches in the Tri-state area, and he is the tenor section leader at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton New Jersey.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Westminster Choir College, Mr. Somerville is a new member of the coaching faculty at The CoOPERAtive program, he is on the full chorus roster of Opera Philadelphia, and he is a member of the Extra Chorus with the Metropolitan Opera.