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David Jones

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, German

Opera

Melchior
Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti)
Opera Anywhere
2017
Ben
The Telephone (Menotti)
Teatime Opera
2017
Sharpless
Madam Butterfly (Puccini)
King's Head Theatre
2017
Guglielmo
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
2016
Papageno
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
2016

Operetta/G&S

Notary / Prince of Monte Carlo
The Grand Duke (Arthur Sullivan)
Forbear! Theatre
2018
Pooh-Bah
The Mikado (Arthur Sullivan)
Opera Anywhere
2017
Pish-Tush
The Mikado (Arthur Sullivan)
Opera Anywhere
2017
Ko-Ko
The Mikado (Arthur Sullivan)
Forbear! Theatre
2017
Captain Corcoran
HMS Pinafore (Arthur Sullivan)
Opera Anywhere
2017
Boatswain
HMS Pinafore (Arthur Sullivan)
Opera Anywhere
2017
Samuel
The Pirates of Penzance (Arthur Sullivan)
Opera Anywhere
2017
Strephon
Iolanthe (Arthur Sullivan)
Forbear! Theatre
2016
Dr Gibaud
The Dowager's Oyster (Louis Mander)
So and So Arts Club
2016

Art Song

Him
Unknowing (Staged Dichterliebe / Frauenliebe) (Schumann)
Teatime Opera
2017

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Competitions

AESS Patricia Routledge Competition - 3rd Prize (2015)

Turning song cycles into staged theatre is fairly common these days, but I've never seen a more physically engaged or emotionally lacerating example than the Schumann double bill of Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und -Leben that's been playing in London under the title UNKNOWING. The two sets of songs are interwoven - the male ones sung by David Jones, the female by Christine Cunnold - and made to tell a story of mutually destructive love so desperate, so harrowing (and so pyschotic) that you can be grateful it lasts barely 50 minutes. Any longer and you'd be in breakdown - though the singers here should take that as a compliment. They hook you into their distress all too effectively. It's not a pleasure, but it's powerful. ---- Michael White, Catholic Herald, 23 Dec 2016 (2016)

MMus
Trinity Laban Conservatoire
2012–2013
MChem
Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
2007–2011

A prizewinner in the 2015 AESS Patricia Routledge English Song Competition, David Jones is equally at home in song, oratorio and opera. He has a particular interest in new music, and has given premieres of works by Nick Bicât, Stephen Deazley, Louis Mander and Josh Spear.

Recent highlights have included Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Sharpless in Madam Butterfly for the King’s Head Theatre. He toured the UK as part of Joshua Sofaer’s innovative Opera Helps project and is a soloist on Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now scheme.

With Teatime Opera he has broken new ground in Unknowing, an ambitious staged interweaving of Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und -Leben in a new English translation by David Parry, which will receive more performances in late 2016. His recitals have included explorations of major song cycles by Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Schumann, alongside lesser-known works by Bliss and Sullivan, and he enjoys a fruitful ongoing collaboration with Cantata Dramatica, with whom he has given the first performances of four substantial works.

On the opera stage he appeared as Ko-Ko in an acclaimed production of The Mikado with Co-Opera Co., in which "his deadpan sense of humour and immaculate timing proved irresistible" (Opera magazine) and his little list was "brilliantly delivered with hangdog deadpan" (Opera Now).

Other operatic roles have included Jesus in Jonathan Harvey's Passion and Resurrection (Voices of London Festival), Edward VIII in the premiere of Josh Spear's That Woman (Tête-à-Tête Festival), Pritschitsch in The Merry Widow (Opera Danube) and Jamie in The Sleeper (world premiere with Welsh National Youth Opera). For Oxford Chamber Theatre he played Ariel in The Tempest and the title role in Hamlet.

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