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Sunday 15th July at Cheltenham Festival

Joseph Phibbs’ new chamber opera, Juliana, based on Strindberg’s Miss Julie, will premiere in the final event of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival at Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies’ College. The event has been highlighted in this week’s Guardian Culture section and tickets are available by following this link

See you there!

Exciting repertoire for Spring 2019

Rebecca will be delighted to sing again with the RPO in their Seeking New Horizons : Political Protest series next Spring.

She will be performing in the final item of the concert, The Three Cornered Hat by Manuel De Falla at Cadogan Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday 25th April 2019 at 19:30.

The programme also includes Wagner Overture and Venusberg Music from Tannhäuser and Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, all conducted by Alexander Shelley, with soloist Vadym Kholodenko at the piano for an evening of musical fireworks!

European Championships Glasgow 2018

On August 7th, together with other graduates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rebecca will perform in an open-air concert at the Glasgow Festival 2018, a dynamic cultural festival running alongside the inaugural Glasgow 2018 European Championships. For more details please visit Glasgow2018.

2017-2018 Highlights: A quick view…

Rebecca is making some interesting repertoire debuts, returning to familiar venues and recently enjoyed a world premiere of a revised work by Edward Gregson Songs of Innocence and Experience at The Presteigne Festival, together with works by Hugh Wood, Roxanna Panufnik, Helen Grime and Judith Weir. She will return to Presteigne Festival for Joseph Phibbs’ JULIANA following its world premiere at Cheltenham Festival in July.

Engagements have included Mozart REQUIEM for St. Magnus Festival with Miguel Harth Bedoya and The Norwegian Radio Orchestra and also with The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, conducted by Peter Szilvay, Elgar DREAM OF GERONTIUS for RTE Orchestra, Dublin, Bach ST. JOHN PASSION with Bournemouth Chamber Orchestra and Gavin Carr, Beethoven NINTH SYMPHONY with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Hull City of Culture, Handel MESSIAH at The Royal Festival Hall, Mendelssohn ELIJAH at Cadogan Hall and the Welsh premieres of Mealor & Tarney MAGNIFICAT for the North Wales International Music Festival. Rebecca will return to Welsh National Opera this Autumn for Flora LA TRAVIATA.

World Premiere at Cheltenham Festival

Rebecca will sing with Nova Music Opera conducted by George Vass on Sunday 15th July 2018 at The Cheltenham Festival in the world premiere performance of Joseph Phibbs’ new chamber opera Juliana

Midsummer’s eve on a Swedish water-side estate – the night is short and passions run high in Joseph Phibbs’ intriguing new chamber opera. Juliana is recovering from a broken engagement; with her father away on business, she has only a canary for company. She’s bored and depressed, so goes to the kitchen in search of distraction…

Laurie Slade’s libretto brilliantly transplants Strindberg’s most celebrated play Miss Julie (1899) to a contemporary Swedish setting, exploring the transgression of class, immigration and social and sexual boundaries. Phibbs’ trademark breadth of instrumental colour and vocal expression will make for a stellar world premiere performance.

Supported by The Cheltenham Music Festival Society

A co-production between Nova Music Opera, Presteigne Festival and Cheltenham Music Festival. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales, the John S Cohen Foundation, the PRS for Music Foundation and the RVW Trust.

Follow this link to The Cheltenham Festival website for further details and ticket sales

Madame Butterfly at Festival Opera New Zealand

Suzuki NZ 2018

Rebecca with Luke Alizzi, playing Sorrow, the youngest member of the Madame Butterfly cast for Festival Opera, New Zealand, which played to capacity audiences during the Art Deco Festival in Napier last week, with colleagues Toni Marie Palmertree as Cio Cio San, Pene Pati as Pinkerton and Welsh baritone Gary Griffiths as Sharpless.

All best wishes to the whole Festival Opera team, especially Project Prima Volta, with whom it was such a pleasure to perform: “Finding Voices, Shaping Futures”


New Year, new headshots..

Courtesy of Tim Dunk Photography, based in Leeds, Rebecca is pleased to showcase her new headshots, taken on one of the coldest days of December, with the snow falling outside!

We kept warm indoors with cups of tea and here’s the result.

Please contact for a high resolution image suitable for programme use.

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones©TimDunk2017-7Rebecca Afonwy-Jones©TimDunk2017-12