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Alun Rhys-Jenkins

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Alun Rhys-Jenkins’ bright focused voice is suited to the high coloratura roles, and especially to Rossini and Handel. It also lends itself well to contemporary roles, particularly Stravinsky and Britten. He very much enjoys the challenge of realising the work of new composers and is an excellent musician with strong acting ability. His favourite concert repertoire is Carmina Burana, a work he made his European concert debut in with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlo Rizzi, whilst his favourite operatic role is the Witch in Hansel and Gretel. Alun is also one of the tenors in the popular trio, The Three Welsh Tenors who perform in concerts throughout the UK

Alun Rhys Jenkins, having taught music for eight years, decided on a singing career after winning the Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2004.


He joined Welsh National Opera in 2005 as a chorister and also sang the roles of Remendado in Carmen conducted by Michal Klauza, Streshnev in Khovanshchina conducted by Lothar Koenigs, First Tenor in The Seven Deadly Sins conducted by Carlo Rizzi, Sailor in Tristan und Isolde conducted by Mark Wigglesworth and Fourth Jew in Salome conducted by Lothar Koenigs. He also understudied the roles of Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Bardolpho in Falstaff and Iskra in Mazeppa for the company.


In 2006, Alun completed his studies with Dennis O’Neill at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and in 2007 embarked on a freelance career. He has subsequently sung Pedrillo in WNO’s production of The Abduction of Seraglio, Remendado in Carmen and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera, Witch in Hansel & Gretel and Bardolpho in Falstaff for Iford Arts Festival and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel for Mananan International Festival. Alun has also understudied the roles of Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Iro in The Return of Ulysses for English National Opera, Basilio and Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro for Scottish Opera and Bardolpho in Falstaff  and Squeak in Billy Budd for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.


Concert highlights include soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra at L’Auditori, Barcelona, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and a Classical Spectacular at the Cardiff International Arena with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Alun sang the role of Preacher in the world premiere of Carbon 12, A Choral Symphony by Errollyn Wallen, conducted by Carlo Rizzi at the Wales Millennium Centre. 


Alun is one of the popular group ‘The Three Welsh Tenors’ who have performed in concerts and festivals across the UK and appeared on numerous Welsh television programmes. They have released two albums on the SAIN label.


Engagements this season include Goro in Madam Butterfly for English National Opera, Major Domo in Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and understudy Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier for GFO, understudy Monostatos in The Magic Flute for English National Opera and understudy Lilaque Pere in Boulevard Solitude for Welsh National Opera. He will sing the role of Beadle in a semi-staged performance of Sweeney Todd, with Bryn Terfel in the title role, at this year's Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Alun returns to ENO next season.

DateRole, Production & Venue
16th October, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
23rd October, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
25th October, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
28th October, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
31st October, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
4th November, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
6th November, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
8th November, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
14th November, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
19th November, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
23rd November, 2014Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera at London Coliseum
Bach Magnificat
Beethoven Mass in C
Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ
Cimarosa Requiem
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Nelson Mass
Haydn St Nicholas Mass
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
Orff Carmina Burana
Rossini Stabat Mater
Wallen Carbon 12
Bach
Magnificat
Beethoven
Mass in C
Berlioz
L'Enfance du Christ
Cimarosa
Requiem
Fauré
Requiem
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
Nelson Mass
Haydn
St Nicholas Mass
Mendelssohn
Elijah
Mozart
Requiem
Orff
Carmina Burana
Rossini
Stabat Mater
Wallen
Carbon 12
Berg LuluPrince / Manservant / Marquis
Bizet CarmenRemendado
Britten Billy BuddSqueak
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamSnout
Fourth Jew SalomeR Strauss
Glanert CaligulaMucius
Humperdinck Hansel und GretelWitch
Monteverdi Return of UlyssesIro
Mozart Le Nozze di FigaroDon Curzio
Mozart Le Nozze di FigaroBasilio
Mussorgsky KhovanshchinaStreshnev
Puccini Madame ButterflyGoro
Rossini La CenerentolaRamiro
Sondheim Sweeney ToddBeadle
Strauss. R Der RosenkavalierFaninal's Major Domo
Strauss. R Der RosenkavalierValzacchi
Tchaikovsky MazeppaIskra
Todd Sweetness and BadnessCJ
Verdi FalstaffBardolph
Wagner Tristan und IsoldeSailor
Weill The Seven Deadly SinsFirst Tenor
Berg
Lulu
Prince / Manservant / Marquis
Bizet
Carmen
Remendado
Britten
Billy Budd
Squeak
Britten
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Snout
Fourth Jew
Salome
R Strauss
Glanert
Caligula
Mucius
Humperdinck
Hansel und Gretel
Witch
Monteverdi
Return of Ulysses
Iro
Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro
Don Curzio
Mozart
Le Nozze di Figaro
Basilio
Mussorgsky
Khovanshchina
Streshnev
Puccini
Madame Butterfly
Goro
Rossini
La Cenerentola
Ramiro
Sondheim
Sweeney Todd
Beadle
Strauss. R
Der Rosenkavalier
Faninal's Major Domo
Strauss. R
Der Rosenkavalier
Valzacchi
Tchaikovsky
Mazeppa
Iskra
Todd
Sweetness and Badness
CJ
Verdi
Falstaff
Bardolph
Wagner
Tristan und Isolde
Sailor
Weill
The Seven Deadly Sins
First Tenor
The Witch in Hansel and Gretel for Iford Arts Opera
The Times
No reservations at all about the thrillingly non-camp, entirely convincing drag-Witch of Alun Rhys-Jenkins: a soignée, oversize waitress whose auburn coiffure is finally bundled into the Baby Belling.

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