Paul Carey Jones (baritone) was born in Cardiff and studied at The Queen’s College Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio, where he was the recipient of the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales’ most prestigious award for young singers, the W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship.
Paul Carey Jones’ operatic roles include Scarpia Tosca (Northern Ireland Opera), Haly L’italiana in Algeri, Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia and Marchese d’Obigny La traviata (Scottish Opera), Eurymaque Pénélope, First Comrade Der Silbersee and Gasparo Rita (Wexford Festival Opera), Andy Warhol Jackie O (Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Rossini di Lugo), Blazes The Lighthouse (Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano), Marcello La bohème (Scottish Opera on Tour), Sam Trouble in Tahiti and Monsieur Juste The Three Wishes (Second Movement), Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia (Opera East), Guglielmo Così fan tutte and Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Opera By Definition), Don Alfonso Così fan tutte and Alidoro La cenerentola (Clonter Opera), Osmin Zaïde (Aldeburgh Festival), Escamillo Carmen (Dublin Lyric Opera), and Bartolo Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (Bampton Classical Opera, Buxton Festival). He has also covered the roles of Marcello La bohème (Scottish Opera), Richard Nixon Nixon in China and Jaufré Rudel L’amour de loin (English National Opera), and Billy Smith & Roy Fiction Anna Nicole (Royal Opera, Covent Garden).
His oratorio repertoire comprises over fifty major works, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Bach’s John and Matthew Passions, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, and the Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, Fauré, Duruflé and Salieri. In 2004 he sang in the UK première of Galuppi’s motet Confitebor tibi Domine, in 2006 at the world premiere of Richard Elfyn Jones’ oratorio In David’s Land at St David’s Cathedral, and in 2007 the world première of Stephen McNeff’s Cities of Dreams at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
Since 1998, Paul as worked in partnership with the critically-acclaimed pianist Llyr Williams; highlights have included the world première of Richard Elfyn Jones’ Four Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins written especially for them in 2008, and their debut album ‘Enaid – Songs of the Soul’ on the Sain label. Paul has also recently given world premières of songs and song cycles by composers David Power, Mike Parkin, David Lancaster, Emily Hall and Jonathan Owen Clark.
His other recent recordings include Andy Warhol Jackie O on DVD for Dynamic and Squire Allworthy Tom Jones on CD for Naxos.
Paul’s future plans include the first performances of John Metcalf’s operatic version of Under Milk Wood in Swansea and New York, Father Hansel & Gretel and Angelotti Tosca for Scottish Opera, Winterreise with Llyr Williams at the Machynlleth Festival, and an album of new songs by David Power.
For more information about Paul, visit his website.