Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in News | Comments Off on Special Guest Announced

Special Guest Announced

We’re delighted to confirm that acclaimed soprano, Gaynor Morgan, will be giving solo performances at our much anticipated concert at Sacred Heart Church in aid of its Shine Appeal on 15th December at 7.30pm. Tickets (£5 in advance or £7.50 on the door) can be obtained by contacting a member of the choir, from the Church office (Tel 01202 551013) or online.

Gaynor Morgan

Gaynor Morgan was born in Cardiff, Wales and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where she gained an AGSM in Singing. She then went on to complete the Guildhall postgraduate Opera course under Johanna Peters. Gaynor also studied at the European Opera Centre in Belgium with the aid of scholarships from the Countess of Munster Trust.

Gaynor made her UK debut for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, singing Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro under the direction of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. As a result Gaynor was invited to make her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut in the same role in 1991 under Sir Andrew Davis. At Glyndebourne, Gaynor also covered several major roles in the Festival including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring, Zdenka in Arabella and Mrs Frestin in the world premiere of The Electrification of The Soviet Union.

Gaynor performed roles thoughout the UK with the English Touring Opera including Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff under Stephen Barlow and Ivor Bolton and Norina in Don Pasquale for the Cheltenham Festival. For Music Theatre London, she also sang Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte at the Kammerspiel Theater in Hamburg.

Gaynor made her debut in France in 1997 with Jean-Claude Maigloire and the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing singing Despina in Cosi fan Tutte in Massy, Brest and San Brieuc.

As a concert soloist, Gaynor has performed at major concert venues throughout the UK. This includes the world premiere of Elgar’s The Spanish Lady with Bryn Terfel at St. John’s, Smith Square, London. She has also performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (also recorded for Radio 3).

Gaynor’s recordings also include Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphée for ASV with London’s Matrix Ensemble under Robert Ziegler and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for Auvidis Astrée under Jean-Claude Malgoire in Paris.

In 2005 Gaynor made her Australian operatic debut with Opera Queensland in the role of the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. She also covered the role of Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and sang the final performance in the season. Since that time she has performed First Lady in Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Praskowia in Merry Widow and sang the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro for the Brisbane Festival in 2010. She has also performed for Opera Queensland’s Sunset Opera.

Recent performances include Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms with the Noosa Chorale and soloist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra understudying Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte for Opera Queensland in the 2011 season.

Parish Priest, Father Bruce Barnes explains more about the Shine Appeal in this video: