Morgan Balfour

Praised for her “thrilling clarity” (Sydney Morning Herald) and “impressive vocal control and dynamic sensitivity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Australian soprano Morgan Balfour is quickly garnering attention in both the United States and Australia.

The 2022-2023 season saw Morgan make her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony in Bach’s Magnificat under the baton of Jane Glover. In the spring, she made her European debut with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart's JSB Ensemble, where she received praise for her “"crystal clear tone (that) conveyed a broad palette of emotional and vocal colors." Following this, Morgan made another solo appearance with American Bach Soloists as Céphise in their performances of Rameau's Pygmalion. She was also delighted to perform as the soprano soloist with Cantata Collective, as the Soprano II soloist in Bach's Mass in B Minor for the San Francisco Bach Choir, and joined the San Francisco Opera Guild as Musetta in La bohème.

In the 2023-2024 season, Morgan returns to the San Francisco Symphony, joining them as the Soprano I soloist in Gladiator for their Film With Live Orchestra series. Additional engagements this season include a role debut as Adina in San Francisco Opera Guild's The Elixir of Love, selections from Bach and Buxtehude as the Soprano soloist with Central Coast Chamber Choir, more performances of Bach's Mass in B Minor with California Bach Society and a return to Cantata Collectiveas the Soprano Soloist in Bach’s BWV 140 and BWV 187.

Outside of the performing arena, Morgan can be heard on the game soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria.

With a strong affinity for early music and the concert stage, Morgan has numerous oratorio and concert credits to her name. She recently covered the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with the San Francisco Symphony, was seen as the soprano soloist in UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus' production of Jame's Whitbourn's Annalies and was scheduled to perform a recital at the 2020 London Handel Festival (covid19). Past concert credits include Morgan appearing as the soprano soloist with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia,Madison Bach MusiciansCalifornia Bach SocietyBrisbane Baroque Festival, and Coriole Music Festival.

The 2021-2022 season saw Morgan join the San Francisco Opera Guild's tour of The Magic Flute where she performed the roles of Pamina and First Lady. That summer, she appeared at the 2022 Carmel Bach Festival as a Virginia Best Adams Fellow and in the fall, she made her West Bay Opera debut as Annina in La traviata.

As a Resident Artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Morgan spent her 2019 - 2020 season covering the roles of Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Musetta in La bohème and was scheduled to perform Mrs Grady in The Shining (covid19).

Other recent operatic credits include Younger Alice in Glory Denied, the titular role in Handel’s Rodelinda, Meleagro in Atalanta, and the Governess in The Turn of the Screw all with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the Voice of Dawn in La rondine with Pocket Opera; and Cephise in Pinchgut Opera's production of Rameau’s Pigmalion.

Morgan has numerous experiences and accolades from appearing in the international competition circuit. She was the 2019 Handel Aria Competition First Prize Winner, 2022 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio - Solo Oratorio Competition Esther Korshin Award Winner, 2021 Colorado Bach Ensemble Second Prize Winner and 2021 Kentucky Bach Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition Encouragement Award Winner.

Morgan has extensive training from the United States and her birthplace, Australia. In addition to spending the 2019-2020 season with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, she is an alumna of the Melba Opera Trust as an Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholar, the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Program, and the Hawaii Performing Arts FestivalProfessional Fellow where she performed the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.