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Start the new year in…New Zealand!

Following sell-out performances of Welsh National Opera’s MADAM BUTTERFLY in the UK and on tour to Dubai, Rebecca is excited to announce that she will reprise the role of Suzuki for Festival Opera, New Zealand in Napier, Hawkes Bay in February 2018. She will be singing alongside Toni Marie Palmertree as Cio Cio San, Pene Pati as Pinkerton and fellow countryman, Gary Griffiths as Sharpless.

A highlight of the time spent in Hawkes Bay will be Rebecca’s involvement with Project Prima Volta, which aims to give opportunities to local young people to develop their skills within a musical environment – their  maxim being Finding Voices, Shaping Futures. Together, the main cast and PPV members will create a collaborative concert  on 20th January 2018 to showcase the initiative and introduce the international artists . More details to follow soon…

Performance dates 13/15/17/19th February 2018, Tremains Art Deco Festival, Napier

Memorial Concert for Serena Fenwick – Sunday 12th November 2017

This Sunday 12th November, would have always been poignant, owing to its being a time for remembrance. This year, it promises to be even more so for those who knew Serena Fenwick, since there will be a very special event to remember her, a great supporter of British Youth Opera and many young singers. Rebecca was fortunate to have met Serena during her time at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and British Youth Opera and looks forward to performing alongside many friends and colleagues as together, they celebrate Serena’s wonderful legacy and life.

16:00 St. Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LT

Last minute in Llandudno!


Remember, remember Sunday 5th of November!

Rebecca was delighted to step in at the last minute as soloist for the North Wales Choral Festival, in their 30th Anniversary year, representing the excellence of Welsh National Opera, showcasing an array of mezzo soprano arias. Thanks to Ruth Evans, all the choirs, backstage team, the two Dilwyns & Venue Cymru for such a warm welcome! Diolch o galon!

Here she is with wonderful Sioned, getting in to her second dress of the evening! #diva

Magnificat Journey in St Asaph Cathedral

On Sunday 24th September at 19:30, Rebecca will be joining the North Wales International Music Festival as soloist for Magnificats by Bach, Mathias, Paul Mealor (Welsh premiere) and Oliver Tarney (Welsh premiere).

Performed by Welsh National Opera soloists Katy Thomson, Huw Llywelyn & Dyfed Wyn Evans,  Festival Community Chorus, William Mathias Music Centre Chamber Choir and NEW Sinfonia, it promises to be a real tour de force, showcasing some brand new music, as well as celebrating the setting by Bach.

For more details, you can click here Magnificat Journey

Highlights from 2017-2018

Rebecca clearly enjoying the audience’s warm response to Mozart’s Requiem at St. Magnus International Festival, Kirkwall, Orkney back in late June, with Ann-Helen Moen, Christopher Bowen, Simon Bailey and Kringkastingsorkestret (The Norwegian Radio Orchestra) conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

And another…

Twenty three shows of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera from Cardiff, to Plymouth, Dubai to Birmingham, we had an amazing tour! #WNOButterfly

Here’s that iconic image, whilst the Humming Chorus floats through the wings and we hold our pose.

Presteigne Festival 2017

As Artist in Residence for 2017, Rebecca is pleased to share details for the 35th Presteigne Festival, running from 24-29th August.

Thursday 24 August at 8.30pm

St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne LD8 2AF


Rebecca Afonwy-Jones mezzo-soprano Berkeley Ensemble
George Vass conductor

Peter Maxwell Davies Dances from ‘The Two Fiddlers’
Francis Poulenc Sextet for piano and wind instruments, FP100
Michael Berkeley Seven
Judith Weir The Consolations of Scholarship


Monday 28th August at 2:00pm

St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne LD8 2AF


Rebecca Afonwy-Jones mezzo-soprano
Rachel Roberts viola
Timothy End piano

Carl Nielsen Songs and Verses, Op 6
Roxanna Panufnik Love Sought
Edward Gregson Five Songs of Innocence and Experience  
Johannes Brahms Two Songs, Op 91
Helen Grime Nobody Comes
Manuel de Falla Siete canciones populares españolas


Tuesday 29th August at 7:45pm


Gemma Rosefield cello
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones mezzo-soprano
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
George Vass conductor

John Joubert Sinfonietta, Op 38
Edward Gregson A Song for Chris
Hugh Wood Beginnings: Three Early Songs, Op 54
Franz Schubert Symphony No 5 in B flat, D485