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Morgan Pearse – Baritone

Morgan PearseBaritone Morgan Pearse from Sydney, Australia, recently completed a tenure with the Houston Grand Opera Studio. In the 2015/16 season, Morgan will return to the English National Opera to sing Figaro in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. He will also perform Mandel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square in St John’s Smith Square, Dorchester Abbey, the Ashmolean Museum and King’s Place. He will also sing recitals with Jonathan Ware at the Barber Institute and the Wigmore Hall.

 In the summer of 2015, Morgan performed the role of Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles for Wolf Trap Opera. In the 2014/15 season, whilst a member of the renowned Houston studio programme, he performed the roles of Papageno in The Magic Flute, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and Anthony in Sweeney Todd as well as covering Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte and singing scenes as Malatesta in Don Pasquale. In the 2013/14 season, Mr. Pearse performed 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.

 Mr. Pearse’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.

 Mr. Pearse was the gold medallist in the Royal Overseas League’s Music Competition in 2013 and won the prestigious Lies Askonas prize in 2014. He has also won the John Warner Recital Competition, the RCM’s Schumann Competition, is a Samling Artist, an awardee from the Australian Music Foundation, the Tate Foundation, the Cook Society and the Josephine Baker Trust.

 In 2014, Mr. Pearse became a graduate of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School where he earned his Masters in Music and Artist Diploma in Opera. Roles for the RCMIOS included Lord Ellington in La Vie Parisienne, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro and the world premiere of James in I Remember the Ship.

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.