With over ninety roles in over seventy operas, American tenor Doug Jones has proven himself to be one of the most versatile character tenors performing today. His repertoire embraces all styles from Monteverdi to premieres of new works by composers such as Gyorgi Ligeti, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Luca Lombardi and Tobias Picker. Recent performances include Pang TURANDOT (filmed for DVD, label Opus Arte) and Junge Diener ELEKTRA at the Royal Opera Covent Garden; a return to Seattle Opera for as Borsa RIGOLETTO and Major Domo & Innkeeper ARIADNE AUF NAXOS; Don Basilio LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Dallas Opera; Kronprinz in Kevin Puts’ SILENT NIGHT and Dancaïro CARMEN with Kansas City Lyric Opera; The Visitor in Philip Glass’ IN THE PENAL COLONY and Alec/Ombrellieri in Stewart Copeland’s THE INVENTION OF MOREL for Long Beach Opera, the Tanzmeister for Austin Lyric Opera; Major-Domo and Innkeeper DER ROSENKAVALIER (with Renee Fleming) for the National Symphony Orchestra; and his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ FRIEDENSTAG. Upcoming engagements include Sandy in Peter Maxwell Davies’ THE LIGHTHOUSE for Long Beach Opera,
In the United States, Mr. Jones has performed with Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Arizona, Opera Colorado, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Bard Festival. Internationally, he has appeared in many European houses including Opera Bastille, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Grand Theatre de Geneva, Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, Oper Frankfurt, Opera de Bordeaux, Netherlands Opera, Vienna Opera Theater, Stadtteater Basel, Opera Toulouse and New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv. He also appeared with the summer festivals of Salzburg, Bregenz, Innsbruck, St. Sebastian (Spain), Batignano (Italy) and Aix-en-Provence.
Other recent engagements include Dr. Caius FALSTAFF, and Monostatos DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Seattle Opera, Monostatos DIE ZAUBERFLÖT at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Shabby Peasant LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK for Israeli Opera, Remendado CARMEN for Israeli Opera, Goro MADAME BUTTERFLY for Kansas Lyric Opera, 1st Philistine SAMSON AND DELILAH for San Diego Opera and Spoletta TOSCA with Austin Lyric Opera.
A house favorite with the Seattle Opera, Mr. Jones has performed a variety of roles including Valzacchi DER ROSENKAVALIER, Borsa RIGOLETTO, Edmondo/Dancing Master MANON LESCAUT, and Tanzmeister ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, as well as roles in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, BORIS GODUNOV, EUGENE ONEGIN and PARSIFAL. He made his debut with the Royal Opera Covent Garden as Tobias SWEENEY TODD, and debuted in Vienna as Sesto GIULIO CESARE in the Wiener Musikverein. In addition, Mr. Jones has frequently performed with the Wiener Operntheater, which presents 20th century operas in Vienna, in the title role in Werner Egk’s THE REVISOR, as well as the title role in the Austrian Premiere of Birtwistle’s SECOND MRS. KONG, and the Austrian premieres of Ligeti’s THE GRAND MACABRE (Piet vom Faß) and Penderecki’s THE DEVILS OF LOUDON.
Additional noted engagements in the U.S. include DIE MEISTERSINGER and FALSTAFF for San Francisco Opera, Pedrillo DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL and the world premiere of Picker’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX with the Los Angeles Opera, Kudrjasch KATYA KABANOVA with San Diego Opera, Pytor Fedorevitch/Colonel in Shostakovich’s THE NOSE with the Bard Festival, Spoletta TOSCA with Austin Lyric Opera, and Matt/Flich/Street Singer/Messanger THREEPENNY OPERA with Arizona Opera. Noted international engagements include appearances with the New Israeli Opera for L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, FALSTAFF and BARTERED BRIDE, as well as LA TRAVIATA and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for the Opera de Bordeaux, Junge Diener ELEKTRA in Amsterdam, LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK and the world premiere of Karetnikov’s TILL EULENSPIEGEL for Opera Nantes, and frequent appearances at the Opera Bastille, including the Novice in Francesca Zambello’s widely praised production of BILLY BUDD, RIGOLETTO, TURANDOT, DER ROSENKAVALIER and most recently, the new Robert Wilson production of FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN.
He can be heard on the premiere recording of the opera DIE MENSCHEN on the Wergo label by Detlev Mueller-Siemens. Upcoming engagements include Basilio LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Dallas Opera, Kronprinz SILENT NIGHT for Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Tanzmeister ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Seattle Opera.