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CLAIRE BARNETT-JONES

MEZZO-SOPRANO

British mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones was a Finalist and Winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021. Recent highlights include her role and house debut as Madame Flora The Medium for Oper Frankfurt, singing the role of Dryad in concert performances of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Edinburgh International Festival, and her European concert debut at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethe’s Faust, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Claire opens her 2021-22 season singing the role of Sosostris in Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the Baton of Edward Gardner at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Currently an English National Opera Harewood Artist, she also sings Rossweisse/cover Fricka in Die Valkyrie; the beginning of a new Ring Cycle at ENO, directed by Richard Jones.

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Artist Manager

Camilla Wehmeyer

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Associate

Evangeline Parker

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News

SEASON LAUNCH: BBC Proms 2022 

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On 26th April 2022 the BBC Proms launched their new summer season, where for the first time in history, the Proms will be bringing concerts to every UK nation. Running from 15 July to 10 September 2022, the Proms returns for its first full eight-week season in two years.

This year, mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones makes her BBC Proms debut, performing a solo recital at the Bradshaw Hall in Birmingham. Accompanied by pianist Simon Lepper, the programme will feature works by Joseph Horovitz, Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Vaughan Williams, and an exclusive commissioned World Premiere by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen.

 

Claire's debut Proms recital will take place on 13:00 on Monday 29th August. For more information on this recital and Proms at Birmingham, click here.

Following a thrilling debut at the opening night of the 2021 BBC Proms, soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn returns this season for an evening with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Elizabeth will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, conducted by Andrew Manze and with bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams, alongside a sea focussed programme that includes Doreen Carwithen Bishops Rock and Grace Williams Sea Sketches. The concert will take place on Wed 27 July and will be Broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 29 July.

For further info on Elizabeth's performance of Sea Symphony visit the Prom 16 page here.

Further details of the full BBC Proms 2022 summer season can be found and explored via the BBC Proms website.

Posted 27/04/2022.

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Wagner - Wesendonck LiederClaire Barnett Jones, BBC Philharmonic Orchesrtra, Cond. Martyn Brabbins
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Repertoire Includes

OPERA

BERKELEY

A Dinner Engagement (HRH The Grand Duchess of Monteblanco)
 

BIRTWISTLE

Mask of Orpheus (Eurydice Myth/Persephone)
 

G CHARPENTIER

Louise (Gertrude/La Bayleuse,)
 

DVORAK

Rusalka (Jezibaba) 
 

HUMPERDINCK

Hansel und Gretel (Hexe/Mother)
 

JANACEK

Cunning Little Vixen (Mrs Paskova/Innkeepers Wife/Lapak the Dog) 

MONTEVERDI

L'incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia)

MOZART

Le Nozze di Figaro (Marcellina)

PUCCINI

Suor Angelica (La Zia Principessa)

Gianni Schicchi (Zita)

Madama Butterfly (Suzuki)

PURCELL

Dido and Aeneas (Dido, Sorceress)

RIMSKY KORSAKOV

May Night (Sister in Law)

STOCKHAUSEN

Mittwoch Aus Licht, Welt Parliament (Alto 1)

STRAUSS

Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryad)

Der Rosenkavalier (Annina/2nd Noble Orphan)

STRAVINSKY

The Rake’s Progress (Baba the Turk)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Riders to the Sea (Maurya)

VERDI

La Traviata (Annina/Flora)

Luisa Miller (Federica)

WAGNER

Das Rheingold (Fricka/Wellgunde)

Der Fliegender Hollander (Mary)

Die Walkure (Fricka/Waltraute/Rossweisse)

Concert

BACH
Easter Oratorio
Magnificat
Mass in B Minor
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
Christmas Oratorio


BRITTEN
Charm of Lullabies
Phaedra


BEETHOVEN
Missa Solemnis
Symphony No. 9
Choral Fantasy


BERLIOZ
L’enfance du Christ

BRAHMS
Alto Rhapsody
Viola Songs


BRUCKNER
Mass No.3 in F minor


DURUFLE
Requiem


DVOŘÁK
Stabat Mater
Requiem


ELGAR
The Apostles
The Dream of Gerontius
Sea Pictures
The Kingdom
The Music Makers


HANDEL
Dixit Dominus
Israel in Egypt
Messiah
Semele
Solomon
Theodora


HAYDN
Nelson Mass
Mass in Time of War
Great Organ Mass


KODALY
Te Deum

LALANDE
Te Deum




 

MAHLER
Das Lied von der Erde
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
Rückert Lieder
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.3
Symphony No.8


MENDELSSOHN
Elijah

MOZART
Coronation Mass
Mass in C
Requiem
Vespers


PERGOLESI
Stabat Mater

RAVEL
Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé


RESPIGHI
Il Tramonto

ROSSINI
Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater


RUTTER
Feel the Spirit

SCHUMANN
Dichterliebe
Szenen aus Goethe’s Faust


TIPPETT
A Child of our Time
Lieder Eines Fahrenheit Gesellen


VERDI
Requiem

VIVALDI
Gloria

WAGNER
Wesendonck Lieder

 

Press

Wagner THE VALKYRIE / English National Opera

"Suffering from a cold, Susan Bickley acted Fricka while the mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones — one of the Valkyries — sang it, with articulate power, from the side of the stage.”
Zachary Woolfe, New York Times (November 2021)

"having two Frickas reminded us what a superb singer Barnett-Jones is becoming”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian (November 2021)

"Fricka – played by the indisposed Susan Bickley in a regal white trouser suit, but sung superbly from a side box by Claire Barnett-Jones, doubling as the Valkyrie Rossweisse"
Barry Milligton, Evening Standard (November 2021)

"Claire Barnett-Jones’ luscious mezzo made for an outstanding, incisive Fricka, sung from a box while the ailing Susan Bickley acted the role waspishly."
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack (November 2021)

"Belting out Fricka from a box stage right, Claire Barnett Jones enjoyed a triumph on opening night in a role you could easily imagine her tackling for real. Her rich, burgundy mezzo has terrific body, and the top should gain in power with a little more experience."
Clive Paget, Limelight (November 2021)

"it was the third vocal treat of the evening, after Spence and Sherratt, to hear Claire Barnett-Jones – later singing Valkyrie Rossweise – bring lustrous Wagner-mezzo tones to the role from a box at the side."
David Nice, The Arts Desk (November 2021)



Tippett THE MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE / London Philharmonic Orchestra

"Claire Barnett-Jones as Sosostris has a challenging aria but showed clarity and drama in her rendition alongside the soaring brass crescendos
Aliye Al-Hassan, Broadway World (September 2021)

"it was a treat to have recent Cardiff Singer alumnus Claire Barnett-Jones as an Erda-like Madame Sosostris"

Matthew Rye, Bachtrack (September 2021)

 

CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD

"mezzo Claire Barnett-Jones showed in the earlier round where she’s heading with an impressive Waltraute’s narrative from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. There was more of that in her most successful choice for the final, the stormy third song from Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, “Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer”.
David Nice, The Arts Desk (June 2021)

"reflecting her remarkable feat in stepping in at the eleventh hour as the official reserve and winning her round. She betrayed no nerves then – no time for that – and, in this final, her Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer from Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen showed the same fearsome immediacy."

Rian Evans, The Guardian (June 2021)

 

DAS RHEINGOLD / Grimeborn Festival


"Barnett-Jones’ Fricka exudes emotional intelligence, yet remains vulnerable in her permanent suspicion of Wotan"
Charlotte Valori, Operissima (August 2019)


 

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