Baritone Morgan Pearse from Sydney, Australia, studied at the Royal College of Music. He was the gold medallist in the Royal Overseas League’s Music Competition in 2013 and won the prestigious Lies Askonas prize in 2014. He subsequently spent a year on the renowned Houston Grand Opera Studio programme where his roles included Papageno in The Magic Flute, Yamadori in Madame Butterfly and Anthony in Sweeney Todd as well as covering Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte and singing scenes as Malatesta in Don Pasquale. He went on to perform the role of Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles for Wolf Trap Opera.
He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013 and returned to the UK in 2015 to sing Figaro (Barber of Seville) for English National Opera). Concert highlights include a recital at Wigmore Hall, appearances as soloist with Moscow Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in Madrid and Handel’s Brockes Passion at Easter at King’s and in King’s Place London (including a live BBC Radio 3 relay).
In summer 2016 Morgan sang the title role in Don Giovanni for the Verbier Academy and future plans include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro and Theodora for the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Haydn’s Creation with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev and a further recital in London’s Wigmore Hall.
Past engagements have included the title role of Owen in Owen Wingrave for Sydney Chamber Opera, Pompeo in Benvenuto Cellini for English National Opera and Minos in Arianna in Creta for the London Handel Festival. In previous seasons, he has performed the title role of Imeneo in Imeneo with the London Handel Festival, Apollo in L’Orfeo in an Australian national tour of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Principal Baritone in Dioclesian with Pinchgut Opera and the world premiere of Underground Man in Notes from Underground with Sydney Chamber Opera.
Morgan’s previous concert engagements have included the first performance of Schubert’s Winterreise in Sydney in 20 years, Fauré’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah in the Sydney Opera House, performances of Britten’s War Requiem throughout Poland and Mozart’s Requiem with the English Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Melbourne Recital Hall, Hamer Hall, Copenhagen’s Konserthuset, Sydney Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe, Gower and Newbury Spring Festivals.
He is extremely grateful for the continual support of the Hon. Ros Kelly, Old Sydneians’ Union, Mr. Peter Hutchinson, John Hosier Trust, Opera and Arts Support Group, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Sir Robert Askin Travelling Operatic Scholarship.