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Changes to Rebecca’s 2020 Diary

Given the current uncertainty and upheaval in our industry, owing to the unprecedented circumstances generated by coronavirus, Rebecca has fielded many cancellations in her 2020 diary.
For reference, these dates are still online on her Diary page and are marked as cancelled or postponed for clarity. It is hoped that some events will take place at a later date or next year and care will be taken to update details as they become available.
Sincere thanks for support from artists and audience members alike in these troubling times
Wishing all fellow industry professionals brighter times ahead and continuing good health.

An extract from Invictus  – William Ernest Henley

…In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed…

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant – Happy St. David’s Day!

Wishing you all a very Happy St. David’s Day wherever you are in the world, from the Land of Song.

Forthcoming performances include Rebecca’s role debut as Lucretia The Rape of Lucretia in a concert performance at St. John’s Waterloo with New Palace Opera on Sunday March 22nd and what promises to be a wonderful evening of Richard Blackford Pietà & Mozart Requiem for the 75th Anniversary season of St Alban’s Choral Society on Saturday April 25th.

Do click on the live links for more information and tickets to these performances


Rebecca sings the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia

“Friends, Romans, (and Etruscans..) countrymen, lend me your ears…”
Do head on over to the freshly minted New Palace Opera page to give them a profile-raising ‘like‘, if you can. Rebecca will be singing her first Lucretia in this concert performance on Sunday 22nd March at St.John’s, Waterloo beginning at 19:00.

Further details can be found at or by following their page on Facebook and @NewPalaceOpera on Twitter


Christmas Oratorio in Norway with The Norwegian Wind Ensemble

Rebecca looks forward immensely to returning to work with Det Norske Blåseensemble in Halden, Sarpsborg and Moss for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio / Juleoratoriet together with the Borg Vokal Ensemble and soloists Beate Mordal, James Oxley and Jens Søndergaard, directed from the harpsichord by Steven Devine.

Here’s a link to the three concerts.

Review in Opera Magazine – October 2019

Following a blazing hot summer season at West Green House Opera, Die Fledermaus, conducted by Jonathan Lyness and directed by Richard Studer has been reviewed by Yehuda Shapiro in Opera Magazine:

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones was pretty much ideal as Orlofsky, firm and spicy of tone and not excessively dissipated.

 An edited version appeared in The Stage on 24th July 2019.


The Barber of Seville at The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Tonight Rebecca opens at The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol in her role debut as Rosina in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, with conductor Jonathan Lyness and director/translator Richard Studer. The production is sung in English and promises to be an up-close show, in the round, packed with the customary humour and pathos associated with Rossini’s brilliant score.

It’s also a rare chance to catch Dr. & Mrs Close singing together, since Rebecca’s husband, Julian Close is performing the role of Don Basilio!

September 18,20,21,24,25,27,28 / October 1,2,4,5

To book tickets click here

Tete a Tete Opera Festival 2019 – Madam Butterflop

Wednesday 24th July 18:30

Following the tumultuous success of previous hits such as Bohemergency & Toscatastrophe, Bill Bankes-Jones and Tim Burke will craft a new hit, Madam Butterflop to open this year’s  Tete a Tete Festival. For ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY, Rebecca will appear as Suzuki, with Mary Plazas as Cio Cio San.

Anything could go wrong…prepare to be bemused!

Madam Butterflop  <—- details here

Cubitt Sessions, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross   <—- directions here