Born and raised in Swansea, South Wales tenor Joe Morgan graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in July 2008, having studied with David Pollard with whom he continues to study.
Joe’s debut on the operatic stage was with Welsh National Youth Opera performing the role of Vanderdendur in an acclaimed production of Bernstein’s Candideunder the direction of Nik Ashton; following this he understudied the title role of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s Opera The Rakes Progressalso with Welsh National Youth Opera and sang the role of Figaro in a modern touring production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville with Unexpected Opera under the direction of Lynn Binstock.
Since graduating from the Guildhall Joe has sung the roles of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Pluto in Offenbach’sOrpheus in the Underworld, Paris and Ajax 1 in Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène, Jupiter in Handel’s Semele in London and Berlin, The Defendant in Trial by Jury, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata for a tour of the UK and Malaysia, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and Dr. Caius in Verdi’s Falstaff in France.
Joe has appeared with Garsington Festival Opera in productions of Rossini’s Armida and Il Turco in Italiaboth under the direction of Martin Duncan and baton of David Parry and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte where he covered Second Priestand First Armed Man under the direction of Olivia Fuchs and baton of Martin André.
Last year Joe won the Wynford Evans Memorial Prize at the Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition.
Future engagements include Tamino in The Magic Flute with Merry Opera and Opera Minima.