Alun Rhys Jenkins, having taught music for eight years, decided on a singing career after winning the W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship at the 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 Remendado in Carmen, Goro in Madama Butterfly and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera, Pedrillo in Welsh National Opera’s production of The Abduction of Seraglio, Major Domo in Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Witch in Hänsel Und Gretel for Iford Arts Festival Mananan International Festival and Bardolpho in Falstaff for Iford Arts Festival.
Alun has also understudied the roles of Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Iro in The Return of Ulysses for English National Opera, Basilio and Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro for Scottish Opera, Bardolpho in Falstaff, Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier and Squeak in Billy Budd for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Lilaque Pere in Boulevard Solitude for Welsh National Opera.
Concert highlights include the role of Beadle in a semi-staged performance of Sweeney Todd, with Bryn Terfel in the title role at Llangollen International Eisteddfod, 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 also 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 returned to English National Opera in 2015 to sing Remendado and will return to both English National Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2016 to sing Goro in Madama Butterfly. Recent concert highlights include the role of Spoletta in a concert performance of Tosca as part of Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday celebrations at the Wales Millennium Centre and Fourth Jew in concert performances of Salome with the Bournemouth Symphony orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits.
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