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. Rebecca gratefully acknowledges support from The Independent Opera Scholarship, The WCOM Allcard Award & The MBF Sybil Tutton Award.
She was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for the 2010/11 season and sang the title role in its touring production of Carmen, Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, Resi Intermezzo, and Countess Ceprano & Maddalena (cover) Rigoletto. Operatic roles also include Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Maria Akhrossimova War & Peace, La Muse/Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos (Rostov on Don, Russia) and Minskwoman (cover) Flight for British Youth Opera. She also created the role of Bingo Caller in Brian Irvine’s Postcards from Dumbworld (Opera Fringe, Ireland).
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 Gateshead.
Subsequent engagements included Mad Margaret (cover) Ruddigore for Opera North and Hänsel (cover) Hänsel und Gretel for Scottish Opera. She returned to Opera North to cover Julie Carousel and made her début with the company at The Edinburgh International Festival 2012 as Chambermaid/ Kristina (cover) in The Makropulos Case.
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 and Amenofi (cover) Mosé in Egitto. Rebecca also sang Louhi Swanhunter for Opera North, and Olga Eugene Onegin for Grange Park Opera.
Recent concert engagements include Haydn Nelson Mass for St Alban’s Choral Society, Mahler 2nd Symphony at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Messiah at the Usher Hall, VerdiRequiem at St David’s Cathedral Festival and also with City of Glasgow Chorus, MozartMass 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.
Engagements in 2015/2016 include a return to WNO for their 70th Anniversary season as Lola Cavalleria Rusticana and concerts include Verdi Requiem (Colchester), Dream of Gerontius (Hertford), Elijah (Aberdeen) and Beethoven Mass in C (St Alban’s).