George Ross Somervilletenor

George Ross Somerville, tenor, currently lives in South Philadelphia with his wife Marissa and their chihuahua Todd, who is also a frequent vocalist, when left alone. Over the past three years, he has been singing many small roles with Opera Philadelphia including ‘The Prince of Persia’ in Turandot, 'The Runt’ in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves, ‘Morbus’ in the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s The Wake World, ‘Elder 3’ in Lembit Beecher’s world premiere of Sky on Swings, ‘Snout’ in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘The Prune Man’ in La Boheme, and ‘An Eccentric’ in their production of The Love for Three Oranges.

Highlights of previous performances include his debut with Sarasota Opera as ‘Spoletta’ in Tosca, a 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.

As a professional chorister, he has appeared in the ensemble with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The New York Philharmonic, and The Metropolitan Opera. 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.