Soli Guest Artist Series

Morgan Pearse, baritone
Mark Stamper, pianist

August 10, 2019 - 7:30PM

Queen Margaret College
53 Hobson Street

Programme

In their first concert together, Morgan and Mark will present two seminal song cycles, Schumann's not often performed Kerner Lieder, Op. 35 and the more broadly known Let us Garlands Bring by Finzi.

Morgan Pearse

Morgan, baritone born in Australia with Kiwi and Danish roots, is already widely recognised as one of the most exciting and talented baritones of his generation. After starting his professional career with English National Opera’s performance of Figaro in Rossini’s Barber of Sevillein 2015, he has repeated the role around the world, including this year with Opera NZ. Other various performance credits this season have included concerts with the Moscow Philharmonic and Musica Viva orchestras in Russia as well as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Handel’s Messiahwith various state symphony orchestras in Australia. He also had his debut recital at the Wigmore Hall and performed Schubert’s Winterreise in Adelaide with his long time collaborating pianist and mate, Chad Vindin as well as the Toreador in Bizet’s Carmenwith the State Opera of South Australia and had a great time working with the Auckland Phil in their Don Giovanni as Masetto.

In his career to date, Morgan has performed operas extensively including the title role in the Verbier Festival production of Don Giovanni, Valens in Theodorain the Karlsruhe Händelfestpiele, the title role in Le nozze di Figaroand Papageno in Die Zauberflötefor the Badisches Staatstheater, covering the title role in Billy Buddfor the Bolshoi Theatre, Sid in Albert Herringfor the Buxton Festival, Nero in Kaiser’s Octaviafor the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amorefor New Zealand Opera.

Equally at home in concert repertoire, Morgan’s concert engagements have included the Fauré Requiemand Handel’s Messiahin the Sydney Opera House, performances of Britten’s War Requiemthroughout Poland and at Snape Maltings and Mozart’s Requiemwith the English Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Melbourne Recital Hall, Hamer Hall, Copenhagen’s Konserthuset, St John’s Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe, Gower and Newbury Spring Festivals. He has enjoyed recently working additionally with the CBSO, Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Madrid, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevillia, Huddersfield Choral Society, Russian National Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, King’s College Choir Cambridge, the Cheltenham Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 

Morgan initially trained in Sydney and then London and finally at the renowned Houston Grand Opera Studio. He was the winner of the prestigious Cesti Competition in 2016, won the prestigious Lies Askonas prize in 2014 and was the gold medallist in the Royal Overseas League’s Music Competition in 2013. He has also won the John Warner Recital Competition, the Royal College of Music’s Schumann Competition, is a Samling Artist, an awardee from the Australian Music Foundation, the Tate Foundation, the Cook Society and the Josephine Baker Trust. He is extremely grateful for the continual support of the Hon. Ros Kelly, Old Sydneians’ Union, John Hosier Trust, Opera and Arts Support Group, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Sir Robert Askin Travelling Operatic Scholarship.