Gwyn Hughes Jones
"Manrico is thrillingly sung by Gwyn Hughes Jones. The part’s strenuous demands are met with fervour."
"Walther’s romantic lyricism, sung with such luscious Italianate ardour by Gwyn Hughes Jones..."
"Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones sings with an Italianate fluidity that Wagner wrote into the score – turns and trills that defeat most Heldentenors."
"Tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones's Cavaradossi had real fire in his belly and in his tone ... there was a ringing conviction to his delivery of all the big arias..."
"Gwyn Hughes Jones, whose brawny, heroic tenor voice has baritonal colorings, brought excitement to the proceedings even in the first sound of his offstage singing..."
Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones has sung leading roles at many of the world’s major opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Walther von Stolzing Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and Macduff Macbeth); Metropolitan Opera, New York (Ismaele Nabucco, Fenton Falstaff, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and Manrico Il Trovatore cond. Daniele Callegari); Opéra national de Paris (Ismaele Nabucco and Camille de Rossillon Die Lustige Witwe); Lyric Opera of Chicago (Fenton Falstaff cond. Pappano, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and Rodolfo La Bohème); Washington National Opera (Cavaradossi Tosca); Opéra de Lyon (title role of Werther cond. Christian Badea); and La Monnaie, Brussels (Fenton Falstaff cond. Pappano).
Highlights of the 2018-19 season include his house debut at Irish National Opera (Radames Aida) and a return to Welsh National Opera (Riccardo Un ballo in maschera). He also sings in the St David’s Day Concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
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Radames in Aida, English National Opera
English National Opera, September 2017
Hughes Jones makes a strong Radamès. There was some finely shaded singing in his duets with Moore, and a real edge of defiance in his confrontation with DeYoung
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, September 2017
Her Radamès was ENO stalwart Gwyn Hughes Jones in vibrant voice. “Celeste Aida” was sung ardently with a lovely diminuendo at the end, while his tone in the tomb was beautifully sweet.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, September 2017
Cavaradossi in Tosca, English National Opera
English National Opera, October 2016
Gwyn Hughes Jones’s Cavaradossi certainly hasn’t dimmed since his last appearance, radiating vocal health and strength in every polished phrase. It’s a delight to hear a singer so utterly in his element.
Alexandra Coughlan, The Independent, October 2016
Gwyn Hughes Jones gave the standout performance as Cavaradossi, resplendent in sweeping trench coat. Working from a fundamentally attractive middle voice, he gave a superb “Recondita armonia”, thick and luscious with a lovely line and ringing, secure high notes. Dramatically he was convincing; a twinkle in his eye in the first act, bloodily angry in the second act and resigned in the third. Diction was sharp and not once was I forced to rely on surtitles when he was singing. A generous performance.
Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack, October 2016
As Cavaradossi, Gwyn Hughes Jones had volume to spare and his ringingly powerful tenor sailed as effortlessly through his cry of "death to tyrants" as the lyrical arias and duets
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, October 2016
Turiddu and Canio in Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Welsh National Opera
Welsh National Opera, May 2016
In the twin roles of Turiddu and Canio, tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones sings with hot-blooded intensity, astutely varying his tone: fuller and more expansive to embrace the influence of Wagner on Mascagni
Rian Evans, The Guardian, May 2016
Local hero Gwyn Hughes Jones sang the hot-blooded Turiddu, who's having an affair with Alfio's wife, Lola, inciting the jealousy of Santuzza, the young woman he's seduced. Singing with his trademark Italianate ping and burly tone, he was on thrilling form.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, May 2016