PAUL CAREY JONES
Paul Carey Jones was born in Cardiff and studied at Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf. His childhood singing career culminated in winning the Male Under 19 Solo at the National Eisteddfod in Aberystwyth in 1992, singing J Morgan Lloyd’s Sant Gofan.
He read Physics at The Queen’s College, Oxford, returning to teach the subject at Ysgol Glantaf, before accepting a place to study singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During his studies he won numerous prizes, including the RAM’s Hubert Kiver Prize, and in 2001 the National Eisteddfod’s foremost award for young singers, the W Towyn Roberts Scholarship, adding his name to a list that includes Leah Marian Jones, Rhys Meirion, Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, Aled Hall and Bryn Terfel. He completed his training at the National Opera Studio, supported by the Welsh National Opera Bryan Davies Award.
After the 2004 National Opera Studio Showcase, critic George Hall wrote in The Stage and Opera magazine of “a Welsh baritone of striking vocal achievement. This is a beefy, wide-ranging instrument, and he has presence to spare.” Two years earlier, Rodney Milnes had written of British Youth Opera’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld, “The star of the show was Paul Carey Jones as John Styx, singing through the lines quite beautifully, and underplaying the comedy almost entirely through the eyes – absolutely hilarious.”
Since then Paul has appeared in principal operatic roles for Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, Lyric Opera Dublin, Bampton Classical Opera and the Buxton Festival amongst others. He has created roles in the premieres of works by composers Keith Burstein, Jonathan Owen Clark, Jonathan Dove, Richard Elfyn Jones, Steven McNeff and Peter Wiegold, and has appeared in concerts and recitals at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, St David’s Cathedral, the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea, the Newport Centre, the Wexford Festival, the Fishguard International Festival, the Peter Warlock Festival, the North Wales International Festival, the Rhuthun Festival and at Buckingham Palace with the LSO under Seiji Ozawa at Mstislav Rostropovich’s 75th birthday concert.
Paul has continued to attract consistent critical acclaim, notably for his appearances for Second Movement in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Peter Reed writing in the Sunday Telegraph, “Casting directors should kick themselves if they failed to hurry from the Linbury to nearby Hoxton Hall. Paul Carey Jones was terrific as macho Sam, his ‘There are men’ a great showstopper”, and following his appearances at the Wexford Festival in 2005, the New York Metropolitan Opera’s magazine Opera News featured Paul in a full-length article, author Scott Barnes noting that he was “a standout at Wexford… Jones proved to be one of the vocal and dramatic highlights of an excellent season… (he) possesses a beautiful, unaffected baritone, but it is his stage-worthiness and humour that really set him apart.”
Paul’s official website, containing latest news and career updates, as well as full lyrics for the songs on his Sain CD, can be found on his website
- GREAT THINGS
- AUF DEM KIRCHHOFE
- THE FROSTBOUND WOOD
- PAX VOBISCUM
- BRIGHT IS THE RING OF WORDS
- Y MOR ENAID
- JOY, SHIPMATE, JOY!
- THE CLOCK OF THE YEARS
- Y BARDD
- DER SCHIFFER