"Rebecca Afonwy-Jones dealt with Olga's tricky tessitura with great assurance, and skilfully managed to make dramatic sense of her ballroom conversion to über-coquette"
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Rebecca studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Rebecca also participated on the emerging artist programme for Scottish Opera and was an associate artist with Welsh National Opera, a relationship that continues into the coming seasons. Rebecca has also appeared regularly with Opera North and maintains a busy concert diary in repertoire that stretches from Handel to Judith Weir.
Welsh Mezzo-soprano, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones studied at The Guildhall School of Music, London, and graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2010 with distinction. Song prizes include The Independent Opera Scholarship, The WCOM Allcard Award & The MBF Sybil Tutton Award.
She was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and sang the title role in its touring production of Carmen, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, Resi Intermezzo, and Countess Ceprano Rigoletto. Further roles also include Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Maria Akhrossimova War & Peace, La Muse/Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos (Rostov on Don, Russia)
Concert engagements include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at BBC Proms, conducted by Donald Runnicles, Mahler Kindertotenlieder with RCS, Verdi Requiem at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh & Ronald Corp’s The Wayfarer at The Royal Festival Hall. Rebecca also appeared as a Samling Artist at The Sage. Further concert engagements include Haydn Nelson Mass for St Alban’s Choral Society, Mahler 2nd Symphony at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Messiah at the Usher Hall, Verdi Requiem at St David’s Cathedral Festival and also with City of Glasgow Chorus, Mozart Mass in C Minor for Nottingham Festival Chorus, Ravel’s Shéhérazade for The Sinfonia of Leeds with Anthony Kraus and Handel Solomon for the Oxford Bach Choir with Nicholas Cleobury. Concerts further include Dream of Gerontius (Hertford & Nottingham), Elijah (Aberdeen), Gala Concert at Bath International Festival, Beethoven Mass in C (St Alban’s)
Following her company & role début as Countess Geschwitz Lulu, Rebecca became an Associate Artist at Welsh National Opera for the 2013/2014 season where highlights included Sara, Duchess of Nottingham (cover) Roberto Devereux and Anna Kennedy Maria Stuarda (UK and on tour to The Royal Opera Muscat, Oman). Further roles with WNO included Judith Weir Sleeping Mat–Ballad (special commission), Flora La Traviata, 4th Naked Virgin/Sick Woman Moses und Aron (with performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Fenena (cover) Nabucco, Amenofi (cover) Mosé in Egitto, Beggar Woman Sweeney Todd and Lola Cavalleria Rusticana. Rebecca also sang Louhi Swanhunter for Opera North, Olga Eugene Onegin for Grange Park Opera and Kunstgewerblerin/cover Geschwitz Lulu for Teatro Communale, Bolzano.
Engagements in 2016/2017 include “Summer Classics” with the CBSO at Symphony Hall and in Malvern, a recording of Messiah with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble (Signum 2017 release), Elijah at Birmingham Town Hall, A Child of Our Time in Colchester, Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Suzuki Madama Butterfly with WNO.
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“Afonwy-Jones is simply quite superb in interpreting a song, as one might expect from a past finalist in the Welsh Singers Competition…During the lengthy orchestral introduction to the Chanson Bohème from Bizet’s Carmen, she stands aloof, even haughty, examining the audience. Her stage presence has such power that she remains the centre of attention throughout. Her singing is accurate, well-phrased and lively, even flirtatious. In her second piece, the Habanera also from Carmen,her interpretation is teasing and fiery. After the interval, her final piece is Gershwin’s Summertime, which she imbues with a decidedly sultry feel.” The Reviews Hub, Selwyn Knight (26th July 2016)
Mascagni: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (Welsh National Opera)