Nöel! Nöel! Australian Brandenburg Orchestra – December 2019

Noël! Noël!

“Morgan Balfour charmed the audience with her smile and lustrous tone. Her natural florid passages and new ornamentation in Handel’s ‘Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion’ from ‘Messiah’ demonstrated excellent technique and attention to historically informed practice. The rendition of Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’ for soprano, sackbut and orchestra was the climax of the concert. Lofty sustained melodies and trills executed artfully by Morgan Balfour and sackbut player Ros Jorgensen conveyed a mutual feeling of reverence.”

https://www.australianstage.com.au/201912159101/reviews/sydney/noel-noel-%7C-australian-brandenburg-orchestra.html

NOËL! NOËL!

“she delighted with a lovely purity of tone and sympathetic expression, from sweet simplicity for the early 20th century song The Little Road to Bethlehem to the soaring notes of Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night).”

https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/reviews/noel-noel-australian-brandenburg-orchestra-3/

 

Bach Magnificat and Zelenka Missa Divi Xaverii, California Bach Society – October 2019

Cal Bach Society Explores Rediscovered Zelenka Mass

“Morgan Balfour shone again… demonstrating impressive vocal control and dynamic sensitivity.”

https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/california-bach-society/cal-bach-society-explores-rediscovered-zelenka-mass

 

Serenade to Music, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs – August 2017

Review: Tudor Portraits (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs)

“Of the four soloists, Queensland Con graduates Morgan Balfour – rising to radiant top B Flats on the “of sweet harmony” phrases and offering a spine-tingling “and draw her home with music” . . . stood out.”

http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/live-reviews/review-tudor-portraits-sydney-philharmonia-choirs

Tudor Portraits. Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

“Soprano Morgan Balfour sang with thrilling clarity”

https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/new-world-memories-enchants-with-dense-orchestral-textures-20170828-gy5i3u.html

Solomon, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus – June 2017

Leichhardt Espresso Chorus performs Solomon with a difference

“Welcome as the dawn of day is an exquisite duet, which Anna Fraser and Morgan Balfour sang with great emotion and tenderness. Every sight these eyes behold and Will the sun forget to streak both showcased the beauty of Balfour’s voice.”

https://www.classikon.com/review/leichhardt-espresso-chorus-performs-solomon-with-a-difference/

Anacreon and Pigmalion, Pinchgut Opera – May 2017

Pinchgut Opera’s delightful insight

“Morgan Balfour sang with attractive lightness and, as a cleaner for the first two operas, was true to the actors’ adage that you have to sweep the stage before you can walk on it.”

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/opera/anacreon-and-pigmalion-review-pinchgut-operas-delightful-insight-20170616-gwsjon.html

Review: Anacréon & Pigmalion

“…soprano Morgan Balfour makes for a melancholy, sweet-toned Céphise.”

https://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/reviews/review-anacreon-pigmalion-pinchgut-opera/

Picture Perfect

“As for Balfour, her brief but brilliant moment in the spotlight, as Pigmalion’s all-too-human lover, marks her out as another star in the making.”

https://harryfiddler.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/picture-perfect/

Pinchgut Opera’s visually succulent, musically beaming and conceptually clever Baroque Triple Bill

“Soprano Morgan Balfour sang with clarity and beauty as Pigmalion’s rejected lover and gallery cleaner, Céphise…”

http://operachaser.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/the-quandary-in-pinchgut-operas.html

Atalanta, San Francisco Conservatory of Music – March 2017

Handel’s Atalanta at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

“Sunday’s Meleagro was sung in a trousers role by soprano Morgan Balfour, who right from the outset wowed the audience with her brilliant coloratura. Balfour’s voice is rich in color and her technique is impeccable. This is a young singer to watch!”

http://berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2017-03-17/article/45569

Coriole Music Festival – May 2016

De Borah, Shamray, Tinalley lift Coriole to the next level

“A young singer in the midst of all this might have been eclipsed, but not so soprano Morgan Balfour. With a lovely, highly listenable voice and outstanding responsiveness to word and mood, she was thoroughly wonderful in songs by Walton, Britten and Prokofiev.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/music/de-borah-shamray-tinalley-lift-coriole-to-the-next-level/news-story/aa13ccfa6cc8ea4120672933352acdc1

Anthony Steel delights in this year’s Coriole Music Festival program

“Young Brisbane soprano Morgan Balfour, blessed with a name, a voice and a stage presence destined to go far, spread her own web of enticement with a bracket of songs full of wise counsel.”

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/arts/anthony-steel-delights-in-this-years-coriole-music-festival-program/news-story/4d6d3ccc5af1ec845801ea3c8aee4b0e

Handel’s Messiah – December 2014

Review: Handel’s Messiah/St Mary’s Singers

“Morgan Balfour sang with an attractive, clear voice with a particularly bright upper register.”

http://soundslikesydney.com.au/reviews/review-handels-messiahst-marys-singers/17889.html

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