Monday 17 March 2014
Morgan made HGO Studio Artist
RCM baritone Morgan Pearse has been selected to be a member of the 2014–15 Houston Grand Opera Studio programme.
The Australian baritone is one of just six new artists to be awarded positions in the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) Studio for the 2014–15 season out of 552 performers that applied from all over the world. HGO Studio Director Laura Canning commented "These extraordinary individuals will make major contributions to the musical life of Houston and to the field of opera as a whole”.
Morgan is the RCM’s inaugural Dame Joan Sutherland Scholar, studying with Simon Lepper and Russell Smythe. This outstanding achievement comes not long after his success in last year’s prestigious Royal Over-Seas League Competition, in which he won the Gold Medal.
One of the most respected and highly competitive young artist programs in the world, the HGO Studio provides comprehensive career development during a residency of up to three years to young artists who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. Founded in 1977, the Studio was established to help young artists transition from their academic training to careers in opera, with Studio artists being often cast in major and supporting roles in main-stage HGO productions.