Iestyn Morris was born in London and after reading Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol, went on to study Early Music (MMus) and then Opera at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Andrew Watts. Making his ROH Covent Garden debut in 2015 in the title role of Peter Pan for Welsh National Opera, he was awarded a nomination for ‘Best Male in an opera production’ in the Wales Theatre Awards 2016. He became a Britten-Pears Young Artist early in 2003, was the 2005 winner of the Tracey Chadwell Award for contemporary song and the 2006 winner of the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition.
Having worked with internationally renowned pianist and Russian coach Lada Valesova since 2004, singing Romance repertoire has become a private passion for Iestyn; crediting it with being most responsible for developing his voice into a versatile operatic instrument.
As a principal artist, opera engagements include appearances at English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Basel, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Karlsruhe, Nationale Reisopera and Netherlands Opera, in repertoire ranging from early C17th to present day; he has several world premieres to his name.
In concert, Iestyn has performed at some of the world’s most highly respected venues in Europe, from The Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Halls in the UK’s capital to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and various cities in France, Spain and Poland.