Leah-Marian Jones was born in Cilgerran, West Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio, London.
She was a Company Principal at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for eight years where she sang over thirty roles including Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Mercedes in Carmen, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung.
As a freelance singer Leah-Marian has sung for English National Opera the Title Role in Carmen, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Orestes in La Belle Helene, Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk, Rossweisse in Valkyrie and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her roles for Scottish Opera include Meg in Falstaff, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Hansel in Hänsel Und Gretel, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, Page in Salome, Bersi in Andrea Chenier and Rossweisse, Flosshilde and Norn in Wagner’s Ring. For Welsh National Opera she has sung Sara in Roberto Devereux, Hedwige in Guillaume Tell and Amenofi in Mosè in Egitto, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Maddalena in Rigoletto. Other roles include Frederica in Luisa Miller for Chelsea Opera and Carmen in Brook/Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen for English Touring Opera. Leah-Marian made her début at Opera North as Maddalena and Giovanna in Rigoletto.
Leah-Marian returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to sing Zaida in Il Turco in Italia and Polly Peachum in The Beggars Opera. In the 2011/12 season she added three roles to her operatic repertoire, Kabanicha in Kátya Kabanová for Welsh National Opera, Witch in Hansel & Gretel and Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress for Scottish Opera.
Leah-Marian made her American début as Junon in Platée in Berkeley, San Francisco and has sung The Young Doctor in Palestrina at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York. In Europe she has sung Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung at the Chatelet, Paris conducted by Jeffrey Tate and Meg in Falstaff and Flora in La Traviata for Angers Nantes Opéra and Opéra de Rennes.
Her television appearances and recordings have included hosting her own television series for S4C, appearing as a soloist in the Bryn Terfel series for S4C, Diva, Diva, Diva with Lesley Garrett for BBC2, and a recording of Britten’s Paul Bunyan for Chandos.
Concert engagements at the Royal Albert Hall, London include a Gala Concert with the late Luciano Pavarotti, soloist in a Verdi Programme at the BBC Proms and soloist in Handel’s Messiah and she was soloist in a televised performance of Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace - The Armed Man, conducted by the composer in celebration of his 60th birthday. She has performed Rossweisse in a concert performance of Die Walküre and Flosshilde in a concert performance of Götterdämmerung with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder at the Manchester International Festival. She has also sung Rossweisse in a concert performance of Act 3 of Die Walküre at the Glastonbury Festival and also as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Recent highlights include Genevieve in Pelléas et Mélisande for Welsh National Opera and Jezibaba in Rusalka for Scottish Opera. She also performed the role of Madame Rivers in a recording of Bellini's Adelson e Salvini with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Opera Rara and in concert at the Barbican, London and Flosshilde in a concert performance of Das Rheingold conducted by Sir Mark Elder with the Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
Future plans include Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Aldeburgh Festival and Kabanicha in Katya Kabanova at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy.
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