British born mezzo soprano Lauren Joyanne Morris is a member of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio, having recently completed her Master of Vocal Performance (Distinction) at the Royal College of Music, London. She studies with Tim Evans-Jones and is a Fishmongers’ Company Beckwith Scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Scholarship. Lauren Joyanne is also generously supported by the John Clemence Charitable Trust, the John Wates Charitable Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Lauren Joyanne began her vocal studies at the Junior Birmingham Conservatoire and in 2012 she graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first class honours degree in Music and English Literature. Subsequently, she went on to gain a Distinction in her Master of Music at the same institution, with a full Bramall Music Scholarship.
Performance highlights include covering the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd for Welsh National Opera and performing the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera. Lauren Joyanne has had the pleasure of covering the role of Dowager Queen in contemporary family opera, The Rattler, for Mahogany Opera Group and singing the roles of Young Tree and Narrator in Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera: a production which received a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award.
For the Royal College of Music International Opera School Lauren Joyanne has performed the roles of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Susan Wheeler in In the Locked Room, Hermia in The Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fox (cover), Grasshopper, Dog and Woodpecker in The Cunning Little Vixen and Childerico in Faramondo (in association with The London Handel Festival).
Concert experience includes performing selections of music by Stephen Sondheim at Cadogan Hall, singing in a performance of Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace, under the baton of John Wilson and performing the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd alongside Bryn Terfel at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Lauren Joyanne has sung the role of Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, and has also performed as a soloist in Fauré’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem, both under the baton of leading choral conductor, Simon Halsey.
Future engagements include performing the role of Man Friday in Robinson Crusoe for the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio in March 2019, under the direction of Michael Rosewell and Bill Bankes-Jones.