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The soloists for the 2020 Montgomery County Music Festival are:

Helena Cooke (Mezzo)
Jonathan Cooke (Tenor)
Soprano & Bass TBA

The soloist for the 2019 concert was

Gareth Dafydd Morris (tenor)

Gareth Dafydd MorrisGareth Dafydd Morris studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.

Gareth is contracted to Welsh National Opera and has recently sung the roles of Giudice Un Ballo in Maschera, Karataev and Konovnitsyn in War and Peace, Cherevin and off stage voice in From the House of the Dead - also for the International Janacek Festival in Brno, Czech Republic; Streshnev in Khovanshchina, Kaherdin in Le Vin Herbe and Faninal's Major Domo in Der Rosenkavalier and covered Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Gareth has also performed as a soloist in WNO Family Concerts in Cardiff and Hong Kong.

Selected roles elsewhere include Faust in Boito's Mefistofele and title role Roberto Devereux for Opera Valladolid, Triquet Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park, Borsa Rigoletto, Bardolfo Falstaff and 1st Servant Capriccio all for Grange Park Opera, Rodolfo La Bohème and Cavaradossi Tosca for OperaUpClose.

Gareth performs internationally in concert and oratorio and has broadcast as a soloist with BBC NOW and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.

Gareth was runner up in the Wagner Society's Singing Competition in November 2015 and won the President's Award, given by Dame Gwyneth Jones.

Future performances include reprising Karataev and Konovnitsyn in War and Peace for WNO at the Royal Opera House, Verdi Requiem and Elgar’s The Kingdom in Ripon Cathedral, Britten’s St. Nicolas for Montgomery County Music Festival, Messiah in Cardiff & Swansea, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle in London.