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Erika Mädi Jones

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, German

Erika Mädi Jones headshot

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Friends in New York of TCM London Award/ Edgar TP Comley Certificate of Excellence (2014) (2014)

Goodall Scholarship awarded by the UK Wagner Society (2013)

Competitions

2017 Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music Prize at the Emmy Destinn Young Singers competition (2017)

Highly Commended - UK Wagner Society Singing Competition (2015)

"Alison Kettlewell’s Venus and Erika Mädi Jones’s Elizabeth could not be more contrasted; the dark intensity of Venus’s opening phrases were one of the highlights of the performance, but the sheer musical and dramatic intensity with which the part of Elizabeth was delivered was, I suspect, one of the things most people will take away from this performance.” Peter Reynolds, Bachtrack (2016)

"His Elisabeth, Erika Mädi Jones, provides a marvellously interesting portrait of troubled repression, musically as well as visually. Her brilliant “Dich, teure Halle” on her first appearance (superbly accompanied under conductor Anthony Negus) shows an excitability that can quickly turn to revulsion at all the troubadours’ talk of high-minded love. Even the suggestion that she give out the prizes sets her cowering. Is her unexplained death suicide?" Stephen Walsh, www.theartsdesk.com (2016)

"Though all of the principal performances could do with more dramatic focus, Erika Madi Jones nevertheless creates a positive impression with her cleanly sung Elisabeth and Alison Kettlewell contrasts with her effectively as her polar opposite, the love goddess Venus.” George Hall, The Stage (2016)

“Erika Mädi Jones evinced real flesh-and-blood intensity as the flip-side love, the angelic Elizabeth. Anyone who can open her account so movingly with a love song to a building, “You, dear hall,” gets my vote even before an impressively poignant Act 3 lament to the Virgin sung over sorrowful woodwinds.” Colin Davison, Gloucestershire Echo (2016)

“Erika Mädi Jones made, in all respects, a wonderful Elisabeth, without being either annoyingly virginal or too pushy. Both her vocal and acting abilities will, I hope, have been noted by agents.” Michael Tanner, The Spectator (2016)

“Erika Mädi Jones’s Elisabeth [...] was a very captivating performance and she sang with resplendent and intelligently nuanced tone throughout. I look forward to hearing her again.” Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International (2016)

“Forced to run around the font to demonstrate Elisabeth’s girlishness, Jones delivers a touching, well- focused Allmächt’ge Jungfrau!” Anna Picard, The Times (£) (2016)

“The sultry blonde charms of Alison Kettlewell’s Venus and the virginal purity of Erika Mädi Jones’ Elisabeth vied for his affections – both of them projected testing music with admirable security.” Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph (2016)

“Umso mehr begeistert die junge Erika Mädi Jones als frische, wortdeutliche Elisabeth, hell und klar in der Höhe, weich und präsent in allen Lagen.” Helmut Pitsch, Opernnetz (2016)

“Youngish singers make strong showings in principal roles. Elisabeth is sung with fervour by the impressive Erika Mädi Jones” Rian Evans, The Guardian (2016)

PGAD (distinction)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2013–2014
MMUS (distinction)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2011–2013
B Mus Hons
Cardiff University School of Music
2003–2006

British Jugendlich-dramatischer soprano Erika Mädi Jones debuted to critical acclaim as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at Longborough Festival Opera in summer 2016.

Winner of the 2017 Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music Prize at the Emmy Destinn Young Singers competition and highly commended in the finals of the 2015 UK Wagner Society singing competition. She was awarded first prize in the 2013 Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo competition and second prize in the Roy Pleasance Competition that same year. Erika is supported by Help Musicians UK, and is the recipient of the Goodall scholarship from the UK Wagner Society, Friends in New York of TCM London Award/ Edgar TP Comley Certificate of Excellence. In 2015 she was a chorister at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and a Les Azuriales young artist.

A Britten Pears Young Artist, Erika performed in the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival as part of the Thomas Quasthoff Brahms song course. She has had the pleasure of studying with Eugene Asti on his Brahms and Richard Strauss Projects at Trinity Laban, notably performing Strauss’s Opus 27 songs with pianist Clare Simmonds. Together with pianist Panaretos Kyriatzidis, she has performed a wide variety of German lieder from Hindemith to Korngold, Wolf to Berg and recently Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. The duo were invited to sing in a masterclass with Ian Partridge CBE in the 2014 Oxford Lieder festival and a masterclass with Roger Vignoles in the 2013 London Song Festival.

In concert Erika has performed orchestral works such as Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Ravel’s Shéhérazade and worked with conductors including Howard Williams, Diego Masson and Gerry Cornelius.

Opera credits include: Ellen Orford, Peter Grimes (Dartington International Music Festival), Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, (Moon-Little Theatre & Co Opera Co). Leonore, Fidelio (Guildford Opera), Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TL Opera Scenes). Die Marschallin, Der Rosenkavalier (TL Opera Scenes), 2 Magd, Daphne (with Opera at Home), 2nd Lady, Die Zauberflöte (in a workshop with Simon McBurney/Complicite ahead of his new staging of Die Zauberflöte for De Nederlandse Oper), and Miss Jessell, The Turn of the Screw (TL Opera scenes)

Erika graduated from the Cardiff University Music School with honours before pursuing vocal studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Gaining Distinctions in both Masters of Music and Postgraduate Artist’s Diploma, her studies were supported by the Robinson Hearn Scholarship, Stopford Westminster Bursary, the Kathleen Roberts Scholarship, Trinity Laban Postgraduate and External courses bursary funds. Additionally, Erika was a member of the 2013/14 Trinity Laban mentor scheme at English National Opera.

She has had the pleasure of performing in masterclasses with such artists as Cheryl Studer, Susan Bullock, Rosalind Plowright OBE, Diana Montague, Ryland Davies, Susanna Stranders, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Ian Kennedy, Richard Jackson, Sarah Leonard, Martin Handley and Rodney Clarke.

Erika is a fluent German speaker. She currently lives in Worcestershire and studies with Alison Wells.

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