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Gwyn Hughes Jones

Gwyn Hughes Jones


Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones has sung leading roles at many of the world’s major opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and Macduff Macbeth); Metropolitan Opera, New York (Ismaele Nabucco, Fenton Falstaff, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and Manrico Il trovatore cond. Daniele Callegari); Opéra national de Paris (Ismaele Nabucco and Camille de Rossillon Die lustige Witwe); Lyric Opera of Chicago (Fenton Falstaff cond. Pappano, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and Rodolfo La bohème): Washington National Opera (Cavaradossi Tosca); Opéra de Lyon (title role of WErther cond. Christina Badea); and La Monnaie, Brussels (Fenton Falstaff cond. Pappano).

Engagements int he 2016-17 season include returns to the Royal Opera House for Walter von Stolzing Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and to English National Opera for Cavaradossi Tosca. Highlights of the 2015-16 season included Dick Johnson La fanciulla del West for Santa Fe Opera and role debuts in the title role of Verdi’s Ernani (Chelsea Opera Group) and as Turiddu Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio Pagliacci (Welsh National Opera).

Other recent engagements include Walther Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Calaf Turandot, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (in Anthony Minghella’s award winning production), Rodolfo la bohème, Lensky Eugene Onegin, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi and the Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier (all for English National Opera); Rodolfo La bohème and Don José Carmen (Norwegian National Opera); Rodolfo La bohème and Ismaele Nabucco (San Francisco Opera); Ernesto Don Pasquale (Florida Grand Opera); Rodolfo La bohème (Santa Fe Opera); Cavaradossi Tosca (Los Angeles Opera cond. Domingo); Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Festival Lírico Internacional de San Lorenzo de Escorial, Spain); Chevalier des Grieux Manon Lescaut (Savolinna Festival); and multiple roles for Welsh National Opera, including Manrico Il trovatore, Duca Rigoletto, Rodolfo La bohème, the title role of Gounod’s Faust, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Don José Carmen, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Chevalier des Grieux Manon Lescaut.

Hughes Jones has appeared with orchestras including the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Trondheim Symfoniorkester, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His extensive concert repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Ere. Also an accomplished recitalist, he recorded the first ever televised recital from the Wigmore Hall, and has appeared in recital at the St. Olaf Festival in Trondheim, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Toko, Purcell Room, London, and the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris. In 2011 he took part in opera galas in Sweden to mark the 100th anniversary of Jussi Bjorling’s birth. His recordings include Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth (Chandos).

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