“Emyr Wyn Jones in the title role is exceptional with a voice rich in projection and tone with a youthful playfulness and dramatic ability that had us laughing with and at him, just as Verdi wanted” – Arts Scene in Wales
Hailing from the South Wales Valleys, Emyr trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and during 2017/18 he was a Young Artist at the National Opera Studio in London.
Operatic roles include Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia, Minskman Flight, Papageno The Magic Flute, Don Alfonso Così fan Tutte, Sid Albert Herring, Forester Cunning Little Vixen, and Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro for RWCMD. Emyr has performed for Welsh National Opera as Contractor/ Ensemble Gair ar Gnawd [Word on Flesh] and cover Nana/Starkey Peter Pan. Roles for St Endellion Festival include Benoit/Alcindoro La Bohème, Schelkalov/Boyar Khruschov Boris Godunov, Henry Cuffe Gloriana, and Mr Flint Billy Budd. Emyr has also performed for Independent Opera as Farmer/Ensemble in Simplicius Simplicissimus, as Cadmus Semele Sacristan Tosca for Mid Wales Opera, First Priest/cover Papageno The Magic Flute for Longborough Festival Opera, and Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, Bonzo Madama Butterfly for the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival, Sicily.
Emyr Wyn Jones, for instance, was a constant delight as the bird catcher, Papageno. Often crucially at the centre of the action, he caught the clumsy, clownish aspect of the character to perfection, but also offered subtle hints of a more serious and frail personality.
“Constantine is lucky to have a genuine natural comic in Emyr Jones…cheeky and lovable but, vitally, he can also charm us with his singing” – Theatre Wales
Relatively late to singing, he gained a wealth of acting experience winning the award for Best Actor at the 2013 Ffresh Film Awards. Awards while studying included RWCMD HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship, Dame Shirley Bassey Vocal Award, David and Philippa Seligman Award, Bruce Millar Gullivar Opera Award 2015, MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2015, and a Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal along with further support from Help Musicians UK, Arts Council Wales, The Banham Foundation, Mr Chris Ball, The Carne Trust and The Leverhulme Trust. Upon graduating Emyr won the 2016 Ian Stoutzker Prize; awarded to the most outstanding musician at the college, before taking on the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff conducted by Carlo Rizzi for RWCMD.
Concert highlights include Handel’s Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre, performing for HRH Prince of Wales on a number of occasions including his home in West Wales and Buckingham Palace, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at Birmingham Symphony Hall with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, performing for the Commemoration of the Somme with the Hallé Orchestra, and further performances at Lincoln Cathedral, and St Martin in the Fields, London.
Future plans include performances as Leporello in a new production of Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera in summer 2019, before heading to Opera North performing the role of Colline in Puccini’s La bohème.
The young baritone endeared himself to his listeners with his disarming words, and no less so with his heartfelt and musically-intelligent singing… not only a beautiful vocal line but also impeccable diction and great feeling for the words of the songs. In my experience, if a singer sees the scene in his or her mind it communicates to the listeners, and this singer is a good communicator.
Wales Arts Review
27th April 2019/ 7:00pm | Dvorak Stabat Mater
Richmondshire Choral Society
Inspired by the death of the composers daughter, this sacred work will be performed by Richmondshire Choral Society and conducted by Peter Stallworth.
St Mary’s Church Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Leporello Don Giovanni
Longborough Festival Opera
Longborough Festival Opera present a new production of Mozart’s Opera of seduction and thrills, Don Giovanni.
Conducted by Thomas Blunt and directed by Martin Constantine, this new production will be sung in English.
Performances all begin at 5pm:
Colline La bohème
Set in the bustling clubs and cafés of early-60s Paris, Phyllida Lloyd’s vibrant and joyous production is back with a new international cast. One of the best-loved of all operas, Puccini’s tale of tragic romance is told through gloriously moving music that perfectly captures both the overwhelming rush of love at first sight, and the utter devastation of love lost.
All performances begin at 7:30pm
Leeds Grand Theatre
October 12, 16, 18, 22, 23, 24**, 26** ** Matinee performance 2:30pm
Evening performance 7:30pm
Theatre Royal Newcastle
October 29, 31, November 1
Theatre Royal Nottingham
November 5, 7, 8
The Lowry, Salford Quays
November 12, 14, 15
More Dates To Be Announced Very Soon.