Welsh mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and sang the title role in its touring production of Carmen, Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Resi (Intermezzo), and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto). Further roles also include Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Maria Akhrossimova (War & Peace), La Muse/ Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos (Rostov-on- Don, Russia).
Concert engagements include Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at the BBC Proms, conducted by Donald Runnicles, Mahler Kindertotenlieder with RCS, Verdi’s Requiem at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh & Ronald Corp’s The Wayfarer at The Royal Festival Hall. Further concert engagements include Haydn’s Nelson Mass for St Alban’s Choral Society, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Messiah at the Usher Hall, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor for Nottingham Festival Chorus, Ravel’s Shéhérazade for The Sinfonia of Leeds with Anthony Kraus and Handel’s Solomon for the Oxford Bach Choir with Nicholas Cleobury.
Following her company and role debut as Countess Geschwitz Lulu, Rebecca became an Associate Artist at Welsh National Opera for the 2013/14 season, where highlights included Sara, Duchess of Nottingham (cover) (Roberto Devereux) and Anna Kennedy (Maria Stuarda) in both the UK and Oman. Further roles with WNO include Judith Weir’s Sleeping Mat–Ballad, Flora (La Traviata), 4th Naked Virgin/Sick Woman (Moses und Aron) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly). Rebecca has also sung Louhi (Swanhunter) for Opera North, Olga (Eugene Onegin) for Grange Park Opera and Kunstgewerblerin/cover Geschwitz (Lulu) for Teatro Communale, Bolzano.