Morgana Warren-Jones is a mezzo-soprano from North Wales, currently studying for a Master of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Hilary Summers. She previously read Music at the University of Leeds and spent a year studying voice at the Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg.
Morgana recently won both the RNCM’s prestigious Frederic Cox Award for Singing competition and the Joyce & Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss, and was described as ‘hilarious’ by the Mancunion in her role as Marcellina in the college production of Le nozze di Figaro. This summer she looks forward to competing as a finalist in the college’s Strauss Award and to joining Buxton International Festival as a Young Artist singing in the chorus for Rossini’s La donna del lago. Later this year she will perform the role of Vava in Shostakovich’s Cherry Town, Moscow (WNO Youth Company) and cover the role of Coll in Anna Appleby’s Drought (RNCM & BBC Philharmonic).
In 2021, Morgana performed the title role in Menotti’s The Medium at the RNCM and was a finalist in the MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year competition. Other highlights included singing the roles of Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Medoro in Orlando, and Mercédès in Carmen (RNCM opera scenes) and gaining a place on the Opera North Chorus mentoring programme.
A keen recitalist, Morgana has been a member of the RNCM Songsters throughout her Master’s studies, recently performing songs by Alma Mahler and Rebecca Clarke in the International Women’s Day Concert. She looks forward to performing Gustav Mahler’s famous Rückert-Lieder accompanied by NEW Sinfonia at St. Asaph Cathedral in June and to singing a recital of Romantic Lieder as part of the University of Leeds International Concert Series in July.
Morgana was previously a Serena Fenwick Young Artist for British Youth Opera and a member of the Glyndebourne Academy. Enthusiastic about making music available and accessible to all, Morgana conducts Monton Voices community choir in Eccles and is a workshop leader for Welsh National Opera.
Morgana’s studies are generously supported by the Wheldon Charitable Trust, James Pantyfedwen Foundation, Edward Milner Award, Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones award, Help Musicians UK postgraduate award, Kathleen Trust, Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, Clemence Charitable Trust, Hartsheath Charitable Trust and Split Infinitive Trust.