Morgana Warren-Jones is a Welsh mezzo-soprano currently studying for a Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tutelage of Susan Roper. In 2017 she graduated from the University of Leeds with a First-Class Honours in Music, including an Erasmus+ year at the Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg. Morgana’s studies are generously supported by the Wheldon Charitable Trust, the Edward Milner Award, the Kathleen Trust, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, the Clemence Charitable Trust, the Hartsheath Charitable Trust and the Split Infinitive Trust.

 

Morgana’s interest in music began at primary school, learning to play the piano and cello, and competing in local and national singing competitions. She was a founder member of the William Mathias Chamber Choir and is an alumna of the National Youth Choirs of both Wales and Great Britain. Her love of performing on the operatic stage developed following her debut as Mrs Jaffett in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2011.

 

Morgana has since performed solo roles as Hansel Hansel and Gretel (Viva Opera UK), Geraldine A Hand of Bridge (Verismo Voices), Venus Venus & Adonis, Philidel/Cupid King Arthur, Spring/Juno/Second woman The Fairy Queen (Leeds Baroque), 1st Owl in McNeff’s Hedd Wyn (Welsh National Youth Opera), the title role in Viardot’s Cendrillon (Northern Opera Group) and Pinocchio in an adaptation of Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, in collaboration with Children’s Voices and The Opera Shack. Ensemble work includes the Hen chorus The Cunning Little Vixen (RNCM), Tosca (Mid Wales Opera), Eugene Onegin and Macbeth (both Dorset Opera).

 

In 2021 Morgana looks forward to developing the role of Gres Ifas in a new adaptation by Gareth Glyn of the famous Welsh book Un Nos Ola Leuad, commissioned by Opra Cymru. She has been successful in gaining a place on the Opera North Chorus mentoring programme in partnership with RNCM.

 

In 2019 Morgana was a Serena Fenwick Young Artist for British Youth Opera and was selected by Mary King for the Glyndebourne Academy Programme, receiving expert training from Glyndebourne coaches along with seven other promising young opera singers.

 

A keen recitalist, Morgana was invited to perform song recitals for University of Leeds’ International Concert Series and at Bangor University as an alumna of the William Mathias Music Centre. She is delighted to be a member of RNCM’s prestigious Songsters in 2021.

 

Morgana is passionate about making music available and accessible to all and has worked as a music leader for national charity Only Boys Aloud and as a vocal animateur for Welsh National Opera’s Youth and Community Department since January 2018.

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