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Alun Rhys-Jenkins

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Artist Manager: Sioned Jones sioned.jones@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk


Alun Rhys-Jenkins has established himself as a tenor singing the well-known character roles. Recent engagements include his return to English National Opera as Goro in Anthony Minghella's Olivier Award-winning production of Madama Butterfly and Spoletta in a concert performance of Tosca as part of Bryn Terfel's 50th birthday celebrations at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. This season, Alun joins Glyndebourne's brand new and irresistibly exotic production of Madama Butterfly which will tour to 6 locations. 

Alun enjoys the challenge of realising the work of new composers, given his excellent musicianship, bright focused voice and strong acting ability.  His favourite concert repertoire is Carmina Burana, a work he made his European concert début in with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlo Rizzi, whilst his favourite operatic role is the Witch in Hänsel Und Gretel. 

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.

Recent highlights include Alun's return to English National Opera to perform the role of Goro in Madama Butterfly, 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. This season he performs the role of Goro for Glyndebourne Touring Opera.  In 2017 he will make his debut with Garsington Opera and will return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2018. 


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DateDetails
03/12/2016Goro in Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne Festival Opera at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ. 19:15
07/12/2016Goro in Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne Festival Opera at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR. 19:15
10/12/2016Goro in Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne Festival Opera at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR. 19:15
Bach Magnificat
Beethoven Mass in C Major
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
Verdi Requiem
Wallen Carbon 12 (Preacher)
Bach
Magnificat
Beethoven
Mass in C Major
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
Verdi
Requiem
Wallen
Carbon 12 (Preacher)
Berg LuluPrince, Manservant, Marquis
Bizet CarmenRemendado
Britten Billy BuddSqueak
Britten A Midsummer Night's DreamSnout
Glanert CaligulaMucius
Humperdinck Hansel Und Gretel Witch
Monteverdi Return of UlyssesIro
Mozart Le nozze di FigaroDon Curzio, Basilio
Mussorgsky KhovanshchinaStreshnev
Puccini Madama ButterflyGoro
Puccini ToscaSpoletta
Richard Strauss Der RosenkavalierFaninal's Major Domo, Valzacchi
Richard Strauss SalomeFourth Jew
Rossini La CenerentolaRamiro
Sondheim Sweeney ToddBeadle
Tchaikovsky MazeppaIskra
Todd Sweetness and BadnessC.J
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
Glanert
Caligula
Mucius
Humperdinck
Hansel Und Gretel
Witch
Monteverdi
Return of Ulysses
Iro
Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Don Curzio, Basilio
Mussorgsky
Khovanshchina
Streshnev
Puccini
Madama Butterfly
Goro
Puccini
Tosca
Spoletta
Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier
Faninal's Major Domo, Valzacchi
Richard Strauss
Salome
Fourth Jew
Rossini
La Cenerentola
Ramiro
Sondheim
Sweeney Todd
Beadle
Tchaikovsky
Mazeppa
Iskra
Todd
Sweetness and Badness
C.J
Verdi
Falstaff
Bardolph
Wagner
Tristan und Isolde
Sailor
Weill
The Seven Deadly Sins
First Tenor

Opera

Madama Butterfly

Goro in Madama Butterfly with Glyndebourne, October 2016 (Touring Production)
Express
Alun Rhys-Jenkins is suitably louche as Goro.
Goro in Madama Butterfly with Glyndebourne, October 2016 (Touring Production)
Music OMH
Vulnerable Japanese girls with plain,humble faces are sold off by the likes of Goro, in the credibly oily and persuasive person of Alun Rhys-Jenkins.

Tosca

Spoletta in a Semi-Staged Concert Performance of Tosca at the Wales Millennium Centre, November 2015
The Arts Desk
There were some fine individual vignettes: notably Alun Rhys-Jenkins’s villainously impassive Spoletta

Hansel and Gretel

The Witch in Hansel and Gretel for Iford Arts Opera, June 2011
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.

This Artist Biography was last updated on 13 October 2016. It is our policy to update biographies every six months. If this information is to be used after 13 April 2017 please contact us and we shall be delighted to supply you with the latest version by return.