Australian soprano Morgan Balfour has been praised for her “thrilling clarity” (Sydney Morning Herald), “impressive vocal control and dynamic sensitivity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and is quickly garnering attention in both the United States and Australia.
With a strong affinity for early music, Morgan was the 2019 Handel Aria Competition First Prize Winner. Consequently, she will perform a recital with Ensemble Moliére at the London Handel Festival in St George’s Hanover Square Church. She has previously performed the role of Cephise in Pinchgut Opera’s production of Pigmalion, and Honour in Brisbane Baroque Festival’s King Arthur. Future engagements will see Morgan appear as a soloist with Madison Bach Musicians in October of 2020 and attend the 2021 Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow.
For the 2019/20 Season, Morgan joined the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as their Soprano Resident Artist. During this time she covered Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Musetta in La Boheme and will perform Mrs Grady in rescheduled performances of The Shining. For her participation in this program, Morgan was awarded an Arts Queensland grant through the Queensland Government.
As a concert singer and performer of oratorio, Morgan has appeared with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (2019 Noël Noël tour), California Bach Society (2019 Bach’s Magnificat and Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii), American Bach Soloists (2018 Summer Festival), Canberra Symphony Orchestra (2018 Prom’s Concert), Sydney Philharmonia (2017 Tudor Portraits Concert), Sydney University Graduate Choir (2017 Mozart’s Requiem), Brisbane Baroque Festival (2016 Vivaldi Women of the Pieta) and appeared at the 2016 Coriole Music Festival and 2015 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.
Opera roles include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Younger Alyce in Glory Denied, the title role in Rodelinda, Meleagro in Atalanta and Voice of the Dawn in La Rondine.
As an ensemble singer, Morgan was engaged as an AGMA chorister with the San Francisco Symphony for their 2018/2019 Season. She has also appeared as a member of the American Bach Choir, and as a member of Ragnar Bohlin’s vocal ensemble, Capella SF.
Morgan holds a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where her studies were generously supported by the SFCM Sarlo Scholarship, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Foundation, Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation, Apex Foundation, Opera and Arts Support Group, Highlands Opera Lovers, and Sydney Savage Club. Morgan also holds a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she received the Linda Edith Allen Award and Blanche and Hugh Campbell Singing Award for outstanding performance in her studies. Additionally, Morgan is an alumna of the Melba Opera Trust (Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholar), the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Program and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (Professional Fellow).
In the United States, Morgan has been a finalist in the 2020 James Toland Vocal Arts Competition (cancelled due to COVID-19), received 2nd Place at the 2020 Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Competiton, is a two-time recipient of the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Tony Cuevas Award from the Holt Competition, as well as the 2nd Place Winner at the 2018 East Bay Opera League Competition. In Australia, she was the recipient of the Australian Opera Awards Committee’s 2016 Sheila Prior Memorial Scholarship for special operatic talent, and has previously been a finalist and prizewinner in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award, German-Australian Opera Grant, Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, and Joan Carden Award.