Rebecca Afonwy-Jones

  • Così fan tutte – Dorabella

Born in Mid Wales, Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones began her career as a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for her first season, making her professional debut in the title role of Carmen.

She made her company and role debut with Welsh National Opera as Countess Geschwitz (Lulu), returning as an Associate Artist. Other companies with whom she has worked include Grange Park Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Opera North, West Green House Opera and Festival Opera, New Zealand, her repertoire including Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Rosina (Il barbiere di Sevilla), Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Flora Bervoix (La traviata and Wellgunde (Das Rheingold).

She made her BBC Proms debut singing Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles, and her concert engagements have further included performances with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, the London Mozart Players, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Contemporary credentials include the world première of Edward Gregson’s Five Songs of Innocence and Experience, Kerstin in the world premiere of Joseph Phibbs’ Juliana at The Cheltenham Festival, Judith Weir’s The Consolations of Scholarship with the Berkeley Ensemble and The Sleeping-Mat Ballad, filmed for Welsh National Opera.

Recordings include Messiah with the BBC Singers and the Norwegian Wind Ensemble conducted by David Hill, Juliana and Hugh Wood’s Beginnings, all available on Resonus Classics, the last selected as a Sunday Times CD of the Week, and English Touring Opera’s Focus on Amadigi.

Engagements in 2021 / 2022 include Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) for New Palace Opera, Dardano (Amadigi) for English Touring Opera, the St Matthew Passion with Cheltenham Bach Choir, the St Matthew Passion and Macmillan Stabat Mater at St Endellion Festival, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Fanny Hensel’s Hiob Cantata with the Crouch End Festival Chorus, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor for Opus 48 and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Cotswold Festival of Music.