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, 2021 Colorado Bach Ensemble Second Prize Winner and 2021 Kentucky Bach Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition Encouragement Award Winner. In April of 2022, Morgan will compete as one of five finalists in the Grand Rapids Bach Festival’s Linn Maxwell Keller Distinguished Bach Musician Award. In the Summer, she will appear at the 2022 Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow. Morgan was schedule to perform a recital at the 2020 London Handel Festival and also selected to compete in the 2021 Normandy International Baroque Competition in Rouen, France, where she advanced to the semi-finals. She has previously performed the role of Cephise in Pinchgut Opera’s production of Pigmalion, and Honour in Brisbane Baroque Festival’s King Arthur.
Currently, Morgan is performing the roles of Pamina and 1st Lady for the San Francisco Opera Guild’s tour of The Magic Flute. She has also rejoined the San Francisco Symphony Chorus as an AGMA soprano, a position she first took up in 2018. 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 was scheduled to perform Mrs Grady in The Shining. For her participation in this program, Morgan was awarded an Arts Queensland grant through the Queensland Government.
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.
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 and 2021 James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, 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.