PAUL CAREY JONES
"Well along the path to being one of the towering Wotans of our time."
- Gramophone Magazine
The Longborough Ring Cycle
"Paul Carey Jones, vocally magisterial as Wotan, a Wagner prize winner in 2013. Look out for his forthcoming Wotan at Longborough." - The Observer
"The next big thing in British Wotans"
- Wagner News
Photo: David Price
The critics on Das Rheingold:
"A masterclass in characterisation... Carey Jones' powerful, grand operatic style was everything the role requires." - Bachtrack
"a huge voice and a commanding, wily presence" - Classical Source
Critical acclaim for Die Walküre:
"...biting clarity and acting chops... This was singing of the highest quality... a spellbinding piece of storytelling." - Bachtrack
Latest reviews - Siegfried at Longborough:
"Paul Carey Jones moves with immense presence as the Wanderer, rolling out his phrases with shining majesty and generally reaffirming one's instinct that he's well along the path to being one of the towering Wotans of our time."
- Gramophone Magazine
"a figure of huge authority, splendidly imposing of voice." - The Daily Telegraph
“builds on his impressive Wotan last year to deliver a Wanderer that is even more vocally compelling,” - The Times
"beauty of tone and unwavering delivery of each note" - Opera Magazine
“clear and expressive projection ...the burnished tone was often glorious” - The Guardian
"His bass-baritone is as masterly as it is powerful" - Music OMH
Photo: Matthew Williams-Ellis
"...brilliant psychological acting and splendid singing - one of the most thrilling I have ever encountered"
- Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine
"A Scarpia for our times"
- Mark Ronan
Paul Carey Jones in Oliver Mears' award-winning Tosca
Picture by Robert Workman
Siegfried - Grimeborn Festival
"Then there was Paul Carey Jones as Wotan the Wanderer, a role he seems to have appropriated for good, on these shores at least. The Welsh bass-baritone has a voice of unusual penetration and seems to require little effort to fill even the largest space with his seductive resonance. As at Longborough earlier this summer, he dominated his scenes with a confounding portrayal of crumbled might and humbled majesty. Even his departure was god-like."
- Opera Magazine
Die Walküre - Longborough Festival Opera
"This was singing of the highest quality... a spellbinding piece of storytelling." - Bachtrack
"With a sound beefy enough to feel perfectly secure, his intelligent focus on the contradictions implicit in Wotan's character held the attention fast." - Opera Magazine
"Paul Carey Jones is a deeply multi-faceted Wotan who, with his smooth and secure bass-baritone, can reveal real anger but also the sense of world-weariness that runs through the chief god during the opera."
- Music OMH
Das Rheingold - Grimeborn Festival
"Paul Carey Jones’s Wotan is even grander, a huge voice and a commanding, wily presence" - Classical Source
"A masterclass in characterisation... Carey Jones' powerful, grand-operatic voice was everything the role requires" - Bachtrack
L'amico Fritz - Opera Holland Park
"Paul Carey Jones sings with such firm, Italianate tone and seamless phrasing that I would like to hear him as Verdi's Iago or Falstaff, as much as the big Wagner roles he now sings."
- The Sunday Times
"Paul Carey Jones is simply a class act" - Music OMH
Tosca - Northern Ireland Opera
"This was one of those Toscas in which the villain stole the show. Paul Carey Jones' assumption of the evil Baron Scarpia was reserved rather than overt in the sense of threat he generated. Jones portrayed a man absolutely sure of his use and abuse of power, impervious to the views of the lesser mortals he saw himself manipulating. And his singing was equally sure and communicative, every word conveyed with absolute and often chilling conviction." - The Irish Times
Welsh-Irish heldenbaritone Paul Carey Jones has performed principal roles for opera companies across Europe, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Opera Holland Park, Wexford Festival Opera, The Icelandic Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Teatro Comunale Bolzano.
Picture by Kirsten McTernan
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