30 August 2013
David Soar. Robin Tritschler. Gary Griffiths. These are just a few of the singers who have held the title of WNO Associate Artist and are forging exciting international careers. Now Rebecca Afonwy-Jones will join this prestigious group as she becomes our new Associate Artist.
Our Associate Artist scheme identifies young British singers and develops their talent at the beginning of their career. Our Associate Artists work on mainscale productions, recitals for Marketing and Development and various other projects. They receive coaching from Russell Moreton, Head of Music, and other members of the WNO music staff as well as receiving language coaching from guest language coaches. Rebecca’s first role as Associate Artist will be as Anna Kennedy in our new production of Maria Stuarda.
Born in Mid Wales, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist she sang the title role Carmen, Fox Cunning Little Vixen, Resi Intermezzo and Countess Ceprano Rigoletto. This year she performed as Countess Geschwitz in WNO’s Lulu and, after Anna Kennedy, her future roles as an Associate Artist include Flora La traviata and Sick Woman / 4th Naked Virgin in Moses und Aron.
Rebecca is supported by The Garrick Charitable Trust, WNO Sir John Moores Award, WNO Chris Ball Bursary, Schaefer Bursary and Parry Family Bursary.