“...outstanding responsiveness to word and mood, she was thoroughly wonderful…” The Australian
Artistic Director Paul Dyer has invited the breathtaking Australian soprano Morgan Balfour to return from San Francisco to be the guest soloist for this year's highly-anticipated Noël! Noël! concert series.
Soprano Morgan Balfour holds a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music as well as a Master’s Degree in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Morgan has appeared at several Music Festival’s including the 2016 Brisbane Baroque Festival in Purcell’s King Arthur and Vivaldi Women of the Pieta, the 2016 Coriole Music Festival in which reviewers said: “with a lovely, highly listenable voice and outstanding responsiveness to word and mood, she was thoroughly wonderful…” (The Australian) and the 2015 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
On the operatic stage, Morgan has performed the roles of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Carmen, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Nella in Gianni Schicchi. Her oratorio work comprises of the soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as the role of Merab in Handel’s Saul.
Morgan was the recipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust 2015 - Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship. In the same year, Morgan travelled to Hawaii to undertake a Professional Fellowship at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, supported by a grant from the American-Australian Association Dame Joan Sutherland Fund. She then attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School on a full scholarship.
Morgan has been a finalist and prizewinner in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award, Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, German-Australian Opera Grant, Joan Carden Award and in 2019, she became the winner of the Handel Aria Competition (USA) and will perform a solo recital at the 2020 London Handel Festival.
For the 2019/20 season, Morgan joins the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as a Resident Artist and she will also be performing as a soloist with California Bach Society (USA), Cantata Collective (USA) and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (AUS).