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Gwyn Hughes Jones

Tenor

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Gwyn’s powerful yet beautiful unforced tone makes him the perfect choice for the Italian operatic repertoire. His portrayal in major opera houses in both the USA and UK of Puccini and Verdi roles, such as Cavaradossi, Rodolfo, Pinkerton and the Duke, have been critically acclaimed. Recent operatic roles are Manrico in Il Trovatore which he performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut for Welsh National Opera. His concert repertoire ranges from Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde to Verdi’s Requiem. Recent recordings include Macduff in Macbeth for Opera Rara on the Chandos Label.

Gwyn Hughes Jones is from Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey, in Wales. He made his professional operatic debut in 1995 with Welsh National Opera as Ismaele in Nabucco conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Among the roles he has sung for the company are Manrico in Il Trovatore, Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Boheme, the title role in Gounod’s Faust, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Don José in Carmen and Nemorino in L'Elisir D’amore.


Roles for other British companies include Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and Macduff in Macbeth for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Calaf in Turandot, Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s award winning production of Madame Butterfly, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera.

Gwyn made his European debut as Ismaele in Nabucco with Opera National de Paris and subsequently sang Camille de Rossillon in Die Lustige Witwe for the company. Other appearances in Europe include the title role in Werther for Opera National de Lyon conducted by Christian Badea, Fenton in Falstaff for La Monnaie, Brussels conducted by Antonio Pappano, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Don José in Carmen for Norwegian National Opera and at the Music Theatre Trondheim and Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly at the Festival Lírico Internacional de San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain.

In 1999 Gwyn made his American operatic debut as Fenton in Falstaff conducted by Antonio Pappano for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the same year he appeared at San Francisco Opera singing Rodolfo in La Boheme and Ismaele conducted by Nello Santi. In 2001 Gwyn made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York singing Ismaele in Nabucco, a role he has revived twice for the company. The production, conducted by James Levine was released on DVD in 2005. Gwyn has also sung Fenton in Falstaff at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly and Rodolfo in La Boheme for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Ernesto in Don Pasquale for Florida Grand Opera. In 2007, Gwyn made his debut with the Santa Fe Opera singing Rodolfo. In 2008, Gwyn made his debut for Los Angeles Opera singing Cavaradossi in Tosca and in 2011 made his debut for Washington National Opera singing the same role with both productions conducted by Placido Domingo. In  2012 Gwyn returned to the Metropolitan Opera, New York to sing  Manrico in Il Trovatore conducted by Daniele Callegar,

Gwyn has appeared with many orchestras, including the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Trondheim Symfoniorkester, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also an accomplished recitalist and recorded the first ever televised recital from the Wigmore Hall, London. He has appeared in recital at the St. Olaf Festival in Trondheim, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo, Purcell Room, London and the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris. In 2011 Gwyn took part in opera galas in Sweden to mark the 100th anniversary of Jussi Bjorling’s birth. His extensive concert repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.


Highlights in 2014 include his debut in the role of Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut for Welsh National Opera and his return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Pinkerton.  

DateRole, Production & Venue
28th September, 2014Don José in Carmen for Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
2nd October, 2014Don José in Carmen for Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
15th October, 2014Don José in Carmen for Welsh National Opera at New Theatre, Oxford
16th October, 2014Don José in Carmen for Welsh National Opera at New Theatre, Oxford
26th October, 2014Don José in Carmen for Welsh National Opera at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
27th October, 2014Don José in Carmen for Welsh National Opera at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Beethoven Choral Symphony
Bruckner Te Deum
Elgar Dream of Gerontius
Elgar King Olaf
Elgar The Kingdom
Geraint Lewis Caer Arianrhod
Gounod St Cecilia Mass
Handel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Mass in C Minor
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Verdi Requiem
Verdi Hymn of the Nations
Verdi Un ballo in mascheraRiccardo
Beethoven
Choral Symphony
Bruckner
Te Deum
Elgar
Dream of Gerontius
Elgar
King Olaf
Elgar
The Kingdom
Geraint Lewis
Caer Arianrhod
Gounod
St Cecilia Mass
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
Creation
Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Mozart
Requiem
Mozart
Mass in C Minor
Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music
Verdi
Requiem
Verdi
Hymn of the Nations
Verdi
Un ballo in maschera
Riccardo
Bizet CarmenDon José
Donizetti Don PasqualeErnesto
Donizetti L'Elisir D'AmoreNemorino
Donizetti Lucia di LammermoorEdgardo
Gounod FaustFaust
Lehar Die Lustige WitweRosillon
Massenet WertherWerther
Massenet ManonDes Grieux
Mozart Don GiovanniDon Ottavio
Puccini La BohèmeRodolfo
Puccini Gianni SchicchiRinuccio
Puccini Madama ButterflyPinkerton
Puccini ToscaCavaradossi
Puccini TurandotCalaf
Puccini Manon LescautDes Grieux
Richard Strauss Der RosenkavalierItalian Tenor
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginLensky
Verdi NabuccoIsmaele
Verdi RigolettoDuke
Verdi FalstaffFenton
Verdi MacbethMacduff
Verdi Il TrovatoreManrico
Verdi ErnaniErnani
Verdi Don CarloDon Carlo
Verdi AidaRadames
Bizet
Carmen
Don José
Donizetti
Don Pasquale
Ernesto
Donizetti
L'Elisir D'Amore
Nemorino
Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor
Edgardo
Gounod
Faust
Faust
Lehar
Die Lustige Witwe
Rosillon
Massenet
Werther
Werther
Massenet
Manon
Des Grieux
Mozart
Don Giovanni
Don Ottavio
Puccini
La Bohème
Rodolfo
Puccini
Gianni Schicchi
Rinuccio
Puccini
Madama Butterfly
Pinkerton
Puccini
Tosca
Cavaradossi
Puccini
Turandot
Calaf
Puccini
Manon Lescaut
Des Grieux
Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier
Italian Tenor
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Lensky
Verdi
Nabucco
Ismaele
Verdi
Rigoletto
Duke
Verdi
Falstaff
Fenton
Verdi
Macbeth
Macduff
Verdi
Il Trovatore
Manrico
Verdi
Ernani
Ernani
Verdi
Don Carlo
Don Carlo
Verdi
Aida
Radames
Rodolfo in La Boheme for English National Opera
Opera Britannia
‘Che gelida manina’ was sung beautifully and with ardour. Mr Hughes Jones is a versatile performer, and whether voiced with tenderness, envy, or ebullience, his honey-toned tenor was a delight.
Rodolfo in La Boheme for English National Opera
Classical Source
Hughes Jones is even more effective than he was in the 2010 revival – his connection with Mimi is arrestingly immediate and his attractive tenor has really opened out, distinguished by an easy lyricism and thrilling top notes.
Manrico in Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera, New York
New York Times
Mr Hughes Jones sang with ardent muscle . . . . and acted with intense commitment to the opera's gloriously extreme plot'.
Manrico in Il Trovatore for the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Opera News
Gwyn Hughes Jones, whose brawny, heroic tenor voice has baritonal colorings, brought excitement to the proceedings even in the first sound of his offstage singing, which revealed enough passion to make it clear that his Manrico would be able to match the standard of gripping drama already laid down by Yu's Leonora. His "Di quella pira" rang with vibrant excitement; the Met Chorus and Orchestra roaring full throttle at the end of that number paved the way thrillingly for Hughes Jones's fully confident concluding high C.
Manrico in Il Trovatore for the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Opera Magazine
The Manrico of Gwyn Hughes Jones also had a bel canto quality, yet was also vocally ample. Possessed of a handsome, bright tenor voice, he cut a dashing figure as the troubador.
Cavaradossi in Tosca For English National Opera
The Times
The best thing about this revival, though, is her Cavaradossi, Gwyn Hughes Jones, following his ENO successes as Pinkerton and Rodolfo, is simply one of the best Cavaradossis London has heard in many years. His promise to save Angelotti rings out with true Italianate slancio; his replies in interrogation are tense with terror; his E lucevan le stelle, exquisitely phrased, has the sob, the squillo, the half-voice - the entire package. And he makes the part very much his own.
Calaf in Turandot for Welsh National Opera
Western Mail
The reliable and always pleasing Gwyn Hughes Jones maintained pace and presence throughout.
Calaf in Turandot for Welsh National Opera
The Guardian
Tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones gave an assured performance, accomplishing Calaf’s soaring lines with focused ease.
Calaf in Turandot for Welsh National Opera
The Times
Bah humbug to the conductor for not allowing Gwyn Hughes Jones to draw his ovation for Nessun Dorma, the climax to a great evening for the clarion-voiced Welsh tenor.
Manrico in Il Trovatore for Welsh National Opera
The Guardian
Making a role debut as Manrico, Gwyn Hghes Jones emerged with honour here. Vocally secure and ardent in his lyrical phrasing.
Rodolfo in La Boheme for Welsh National Opera
The Guardian
Gwyn Hughes Jones managed to suggest something of the poet’s existential dilemma, as well as affecting tenderness of tone.
Don José in Carmen for Den Norske Opera
Dagbladet
Playing the part of Don José is Gwyn Hughes Jones. A major improvement from Aleksanders Antonenko, Jones has lighter and far superior voice, in addition to a wider repertoire of theatrical representation.
Cavaradossi in Tosca for Los Angeles Opera
Music & Vision
The vocal star of the evening, however, was Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones. He has a large Italianate sound that is perfect for the role of Cavaradossi. A class act, full of poetic ardor and tonal splendor, including a heart stopping slow diminuendo in E lucevan le stelle. The sweet timber of Jones’ voice recalls that of the great Pavarotti.
Rodolfo in La Boheme for Santa Fe Opera
Denver Post
The towering star is Jones, who is making his Santa Fe debutas the poet Rodolfo. Jones possesses an all too rare Italianate tenor voice that is ideally suited to repertoire of this kind, with it’s soaring, lyrical line and rich, embracing tone. He raises goose bumps with his spellbinding take on the famous Act 1 aria “Che gelida manina”.
Rodolfo in La Boheme for Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago Sun-Times
Soprano Serena Farnocchia and Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones took over as Puccini’s doomed young lovers. Neither are exactly household names, however, so listeners might have been pleasantly surprised by the splendid singing and passionate involvement they brought to their roles. They seemed to take the opera to a new level of intimacy.
Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly for English National Opera
Daily Telegraph
Gwyn Hughes Jones displays his good strong Welsh tenor to advantage.
Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly for English National Opera
Opera Magazine
A fine tenor, with an attractive steady and lyrical voice
Title Role in Werther for Opera National de Lyon
www.andante.com
Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones showed himself to be an important young talent. He possesses a heroic instrument, a good feel for the French language and musical idiom, and the ability to shape and deliver musical phrase with authority. His technique is remarkably secure for a singer so early in his career.
Duke in Rigoletto for Welsh National Opera
The Guardian
But it was a metaphorical shot in the arm that turned this opening night of Welsh National Opera’s revival into a memorable occasion when, at a few hours’ notice, tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones replaced an indisposed Duke, and from his very first aria signaled just what a vocal force he has become. Three years ago when this staging was new, Hughes Jones sang the role on WNO’s tour. With a more confident swagger and high notes now as robustly rich as the lower (he was originally a baritone), he was able to make the presidential figure of Macdonald’s concept more viable. His fix is women, the need is clearly insatiable, but it was possible to believe that in Gilda he found love, if only briefly, and Hughes Jones achieved a touching tenderness here.
Ernesto in Don Pasquale for Florida Grand Opera
Sun Sentinel
The tenor from Wales, Gwyn Hughes Jones was a sensation. Jones has a distinct Italianate sound. And it’s big, very big indeed. He has a ringing top and a lovely head tone. The voice is broad and commanding. Everything he sings flows out on the breath with ease. He delivered with Bel Canto that I’ve never heard before, especially from a tenor, who often force the voice. The audience gave him a roar of approval at the end. What a great debut and I trust not the last time we’ll hear him in South Florida.

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