Morgan's story...

Morgan Pearse is a baritone singer from Sydney, Australia, who studied at the Royal College of Music before becoming a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in 2014/15. Engagements this year will include singing Figaro in Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera and Figaro in ENO’s Barber of Seville.

"I was born in Australia, spent a few years growing up in Amsterdam and the rest of my schooling was in Sydney before I fell in love with singing and studied an honours degree in music at the Sydney Conservatorium. 

Studying at the RCM was one of the greatest leaps of faith I’ve ever made. I had never lived away from home, and hadn’t really done very much travelling by myself until I came to London to commence my Masters as the inaugural Joan Sutherland scholar in the second half of 2012.

I then continued my training in the RCM International Opera School, graduating in 2014. It was the quality of teaching which initially attracted me to the RCM and, of course, the programme itself; filled with ample performing opportunities in the beautiful Britten Theatre where I have had the pleasure of singing many roles including the Count (Le nozze di Figaro), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Imeneo (Imeneo), and even collaborating with RCM composers to stage a world premiere.

Additionally, I loved my time at the RCM because of the international vibe of the College. There were so many other people who had come from all corners of the globe to study and collaborate and develop into the artists they wanted to be. That, combined with the quality of training and the rich history of the institution, created a dynamic melting pot which I found incredibly exciting to be a part of.

As well as developing some incredibly important career contacts, I (possibly more importantly) got to spend all those countless hours studying with and making music with people who have become close friends and colleagues for life. I am forever indebted to the RCM for giving me such a wonderful opportunity."