Morgan England-Jones. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Soprano Morgan England-Jones and mezzo soprano Eleanor Greenwood, sang in a passion-filled performance program entitled, Love and Other Catastrophes, presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO). The performances took place at Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall on Sunday 19 August at 11:30am and featured some of the world's favourite romantic operas by well-known composers, including Mozart, Puccini, Wagner and Mascagni.
Both Eleanor, winner of the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship and Morgan, second winner and the recipient of the audience vote for the same scholarship in 2018, trained at The Lisa Gasteen National Opera School. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has a partnership with the School and offers selected singers performance opportunities, including Music on Sundays and currently Morgan is studying privately with the founder, Wagnerian soprano Lisa Gasteen.
Alongside Morgan's ensemble pieces, her solo performances on Sunday included Britten's Embroidery Aria from Peter Grimes and Musetta's Waltz from Puccini's La Bohème.
"It's a bit of an opera pot pourri, exploring the subject of love, in all its crazy highs and lows," she said
Morgan, who started singing operatic arias since the age of 16 and plans to continue her musical education overseas, this opportunity will be followed by yet another QSO performance of Mahler's Symphony No 4, scheduled for February 2019.
It is always inspiring to see Sydney Eisteddfod alumni continuing to carve out their career paths and develop their stagecraft in unique and significant ways.