Die Walküre at Longborough
"Paul Carey Jones, bursting and rigid with cold self-regard, 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
Die Walküre at Longborough:
"If Act 1 was absorbing, Act 2 was in another league from the word go, thanks to the biting clarity and acting chops of a couple of gods in Paul Carey Jones (Wotan) and Madeleine Shaw (Fricka). This was singing of the highest quality, from the pinpoint accuracy of their intonation to the power and glory of their vocal projection. I could have listened to them both all night – and in the case of Carey Jones I practically did, such is the size of his role in this second Ring opera. In less powerful hands his lengthy recap from Das Rheingold can easily sag, but here it became a spellbinding piece of storytelling. The Welsh bass-baritone made clear at every turn that this is Wotan’s tragedy above all: a tale of sacrifice born of hubris." - Bachtrack
"A stellar cast... Paul Carey Jones sang a Wotan whose flawed character was as evident as his manipulative hold, subject to attacks of pain that had him suddenly doubled up, but also able to inflict on others crippling bolts from the blue, lethal in the case of Siegmund. This mix of vulnerability and power was reflected in Carey Jones’s interpretation, at its most authoritative in the final act and the confrontation with warrior daughter Brünnhilde, who has understood and exposed his weaknesses." - The Guardian
"A powerful electricity runs through the evening... 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
"...brilliant psychological acting and splendid singing - one of the most thrilling I have ever encountered"
- Hugh Canning, Opera
"A Scarpia for our times" - Mark Ronan
Paul Carey Jones returns in Oliver Mears' award-winning Tosca
Picture by Robert Workman
Lulu - Welsh National Opera / Teatro Comunale Bolzano
"Lo straordinario Paul Carey Jones" - Opera Click
"...a tour de force on all counts. His voice has such focus and blade it can slice through anything, and his physical presence invested the character with a lithe menace" - What's On Stage
"Ein auzgezeichneter Dr Schön" - Der Opernfreund
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
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 in 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
Paul Carey Jones is represented for singing work worldwide by CLB Management.
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