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Rhodri Prys Jones

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Rhodri Prys Jones is an engaging, lyric tenor. He made his company début for Opera North this Season singing Michelis in The Greek Passion and his professional début for Welsh National Opera in the roles of Fyodor and Ivanov in War and Peace in 2018. He is a popular concert artist and has given several world premieres including a new Welsh translation of J.S. Bach's St John Passion ('Dioddefaint yn ôl Ioan') in Llandaff Cathedral which was recorded and broadcast on S4C.




Welsh tenor Rhodri Prys Jones made his professional début with Welsh National Opera in Autumn 2018 in the roles of Fyodor and Ivanov in David Pountney’s War & Peace. He subsequently sang the roles in WNO’s revival of War & Peace at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Roles covered for the company include Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Tamino in The Magic Flute and Ernesto in Don Pasquale.

Rhodri studied for a degree in Music and Media at Trinity University College, Carmarthen before undertaking an M.A. Vocal Studies degree course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He completed his studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff on the Opera Performance Course where he was taught by Adrian Thompson.

Roles whilst at the RWCMD include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Sam Kaplan in Weill’s Street Scene and Jupiter in Semele - a co-production between Mid Wales Opera and RWCMD in association with the Academy of Ancient Music. Other roles include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Triquet and Lensky cover in Eugene Onegin for Opra Cymru. In opera scenes, he has performed Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Jenik in Bartered Bride, Almaviva in Barber of Seville, Jaquino in Fidelio, Harlequin in Der Kaiser Von Atlantis, Robert Devereux in Gloriana and El Remendado in Carmen.

Rhodri’s Chorus experience includes Don Pasquale with Longborough Festival Opera and Francesca Di Foix, The Adventures of Pinnochio, San Giovanni Batista and The Cunning Peasant with Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

2016 saw Rhodri join Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist and chorus member in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and Haydn’s The Creation. In 2015 he was a member of an eight-part ensemble in Gair ar Gnawd by Pwyll ap Sion for WNO.  

Rhodri is a popular concert artist. Highlights include his performance as guest soloist in the 2019 Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod’s concert ‘Saint and Singers: The Music of Wales’, his Royal Albert Hall début as guest soloist at the London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs and a Gala Dinner performance for HRH Prince Charles. Rhodri’s concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor, Gounod’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria, Haydn’s The Seasons, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Mozart’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

He has given world premieres of works including Edward-Rhys Harry’s Mass of the Martyrs and Eilir Owen Griffiths’ In Memoriam. In 2017, he recorded a new Welsh language translation of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion (‘Dioddefaint yn ôl Ioan’) in Llandaff Cathedral for broadcast on S4C. Other TV broadcasts include performances on ‘Noson Lawen’, ‘Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol’ and ‘Heno’ for S4C and performing at the UK Ceremony of Remembrance ‘Centenary of Passchendaele, Third Battle of Ypres’ live on BBC One from Passchendaele.

Prizes and awards include the 2017 Ian Stoutzker Prize, the Janet Price Opera Prize, the Glynne Jones Scholarship, Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Award, the Dame Shirley Bassey Award and the Busenhart Morgan-Evans Worshipful Company Award. 

Rhodri made his company début for Opera North earlier this Season singing Michelis in The Greek Passion and will sing Ferrando in WNO’s new production of Così fan tutte a.k.a School of Love in the summer. Other engagements include concerts in Newbury, Usk, Newtown and Suffolk.


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Bach St Johns Passion
Gounod Petite Messe Solennelle
Handel Messiah
Haydn The Creation
Haydn The Seasons
Haydn Te Deum
Haydn Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn Elijah Op. 70
Mozart Requiem
Orff Carmina Burana
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Bach
St Johns Passion
Gounod
Petite Messe Solennelle
Handel
Messiah
Haydn
The Creation
Haydn
The Seasons
Haydn
Te Deum
Haydn
Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn
Elijah Op. 70
Mozart
Requiem
Orff
Carmina Burana
Puccini
Messa di Gloria
Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music
Bizet CarmenEl Remendado (scenes)
Britten GlorianaRobert Devereux (scenes)
Donizetti L’Elisir d’AmoreNemorino
Handel SemeleJupiter
Handel FidelioJaquino (scenes)
Kurt Weill Street SceneSam Kaplan
Mozart Cosi fan tutteFerrando (scenes)
Mozart The Magic FluteTamino
Puccini Gianni SchicchiRinuccio
Rossini La CenerentolaRamiro
Rossini The barber of SevilleAlmaviva (scenes)
Smetana Bartered BrideJenik (scenes)
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginLensky (cover); Triquet (cover)
Ullmann Der Kaiser Von AtlantisHarlequin (scenes)
Bizet
Carmen
El Remendado (scenes)
Britten
Gloriana
Robert Devereux (scenes)
Donizetti
L’Elisir d’Amore
Nemorino
Handel
Semele
Jupiter
Handel
Fidelio
Jaquino (scenes)
Kurt Weill
Street Scene
Sam Kaplan
Mozart
Cosi fan tutte
Ferrando (scenes)
Mozart
The Magic Flute
Tamino
Puccini
Gianni Schicchi
Rinuccio
Rossini
La Cenerentola
Ramiro
Rossini
The barber of Seville
Almaviva (scenes)
Smetana
Bartered Bride
Jenik (scenes)
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Lensky (cover); Triquet (cover)
Ullmann
Der Kaiser Von Atlantis
Harlequin (scenes)

Opera

La Cenerentola

Ramiro in La Cenerentola for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, March 2018
Arts Scene in Wales
Ramiro, Rhodri Jones, has Rossini’s elegant arias and this delightful tenor delivered them with charm.

La Cenerentola

Ramiro in La Cenerentola for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, March 2018
Seen and Heard International
Rhodri Jones sang with skill and taste.

Semele

Jupiter in Semele for Mid Wales Opera/ RWCMD, February 2017
Wales Arts Review
Rhodri Prys Jones as Jupiter is engagingly natural and playful. I was particularly impressed by his effortlessly-perfect diction.

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