Welsh mezzo-soprano, Morgana Warren-Jones graduated from the University of Leeds with a BMus (Hons) First Class in 2017. As part of her undergraduate studies, she spent an Erasmus year at the Haute école des arts du Rhin, Strasbourg where she specialised in French repertoire. Morgana currently studies under the tutelage of Sandra Dugdale and looks forward to starting a Masters course in performance at the RNCM in September 2020.
In 2019, Morgana was selected by Mary King to take part in the Glyndebourne Academy Programme. She received vocal, language, movement, and musicianship training from Glyndebourne coaches throughout the year, culminating in a final performance for invited guests and donors in October.
This year, Morgana is a British Youth Opera Serena Fenwick Young Artist. As part of the training programme, she’s worked with British theatre and opera directors across a number of weekends with a finale performance to be directed by Daisy Evans.
Morgana made her opera debut in 2011 as Mrs Jaffett in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and while studying at Leeds was an active member of the University’s opera society. More recent roles include Hansel Hansel & Gretel (Viva Opera UK), Pinocchio The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opera Shack), Owl 1 Hedd Wyn (Welsh National Youth Opera), and Venus Venus & Adonis (Leeds Baroque). She has performed as a chorus member in Tosca (Mid Wales Opera), Macbeth and Eugene Onegin (Dorset Opera).
A keen recitalist, Morgana was invited to perform recitals as part of University of Leeds International Concert Series (2017) and at Powis Hall, Bangor University as an alumna of the William Mathias Music Centre (2018). She has performed in the semi-chorus for a performance of Carmina Burana and the world premiere of Materna Requiem by Rebecca Dale for Welsh National Opera at the North Wales International Music Festival. Morgana is an alumna of the National Youth Choirs of both Wales and Great Britain, and is a founder member of Kana Chamber Choir, most recently performing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers in Snowdonia cycle tunnels.
Since graduating, she has gained teaching experience and enjoyed working for Welsh National Opera’s Youth and Community Department. She has been trained as a WNO vocal animateur and has led many workshops and assisted regularly at Youth Opera sessions. She is passionate about making music available and accessible to all which led her to become a music leader for national charity Only Boys Aloud.