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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



Image by Nancy MacDonald  on location in the Scottish Highlands


Rheingold, Rheingold, reines Gold!

Rehearsals are underway for Longborough Festival Opera’s Ring Cycle, beginning with Das Rheingold opening on June 5th. Together with her fellow Rheinmaidens, Mari Wyn Williams and Katie Stevenson, Rebecca is thrilled to make her debut at Longborough Festival Opera, conducted by Anthony Negus and directed by Amy Lane.

Later in June, Rebecca looks forward to rehearsals for Die Fledermaus with the dynamic artistic partnership of Richard Studer and Jon Lyness for West Green House Opera, together with wonderful colleagues including Stephanie Corley, Peter van Hulle, Ben Bevan and Galina Averina.

Review for Messiah with Norwegian Wind Ensemble conducted by David Hill

In the latest edition of Gramophone Magazine, Rebecca features in the review of Resonus Classics’ release of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by David Hill, with The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and The BBC Singers.

…Rebecca Afonwy-Jones gradually warms to her task with a touchingly open-hearted simplicity in ‘He shall feed his flock’ and a finely honed reading of ‘He was despised’.

Jonathan Freeman-Atwood, Gramophone magazine, February 2019

This link will take you to He was despised

Happy New Year 2019

Here’s to a very Happy New Year and all good wishes for 2019.

Rebecca looks forward to returning to work again with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this Spring and making her debut with Longborough Festival Opera as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, at the beginning of a new Ring journey. All details of forthcoming performances may be found on the diary page.

G. F. Handel Messiah release Friday 30th November in time for Christmas

Just in case you are looking for a new Messiah to add to your collection this festive season, a brand new realisation arranged by Stian Aareskjold (Norwegian Wind Ensemble) will be released this Friday 30th November on Resonus Classics.

By following this link, Messiah you can listen to track samples, until it goes live, after which you will be able to stream, download or buy direct from Resonus.

Rebecca looks forward to the release, together with her colleagues Susanna Hurrell (soprano),  Samuel Boden (tenor), James Platt (bass), The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, BBC Singers & David Hill (conductor), who recorded together at the award winning performance space, Saffron Hall in Essex.