Welsh tenor Rhodri Prys Jones made his professional operatic début this season with Welsh National Opera as Fyodor / Ivanov in War & Peace and cover Ramiro in La Cenerentola. He is currently cover Tamino in The Magic Flute, and in the summer with be covering Ernesto in Don Pasquale, also with Welsh National Opera.
Rhodri initially studied for a degree in Music and Media at Trinity University College, Carmarthen and subsequently completed an M.A. Vocal Studies degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He completed his studies on the Opera Performance Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 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; 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 where his performances included chorus member in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri and Haydn’s The Creation. In 2015 he joined Welsh National Opera as a member of an eight-part ensemble in Gair ar Gnawd by Pwyll ap Sion.
Rhodri is a popular concert artist. Highlights include his Royal Albert Hall début, performing 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 several 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, which is awarded annually for the most outstanding musician at RWCMD, the Janet Price Opera Prize, the Glynne Jones Scholarship and the Busenhart Morgan-Evans Worshipful Company Award.
Rhodri is kindly supported by the Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Award and the Dame Shirley Bassey Award.