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CLAIRE BARNETT-JONES

MEZZO-SOPRANO

British mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones is fast becoming one of the most sought-after voices on the operatic stage and the concert platform, after being a Finalist and Winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2021. In recent years, highlights include her company debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele as 2nd Norn Götterdämmerung and Waltraute Die Walküre, her French operatic debut as Jezibaba in a new Stefano Poda production of Rusalka at the Théâtre du Capitole, and her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, in a concert performance of Katya Kabanova.

In the 2023-24 season, Claire makes her company debut with Dutch National Opera singing the role of The Government in the world premiere of newly commissioned opera The Shell Trial, joins Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra as 2nd Norn Götterdämmerung, Scottish Opera as Gaea in concert performances of Daphne, and returns to Frankfurt as Mescalina Le Grand Macabre conducted by Oper Frankfurt’s incoming General Music Director, Thomas Guggeis.

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Camilla Wehmeyer

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Claire Barnett-Jones makes Longborough Festival Opera debut

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We are delighted to announce that Claire will be making her Longborough Festival Opera debut singing Waltraute Götterdämmerung, directed by Amy Lane and conducted by Anthony Negus. Performances will run from 22 June to 9 July.

This summer Claire will also be returning to the Bayreuther Festspiele as Waltraute Die Walküre, followed by a return to Dutch National Opera as Mrs Sedley Peter Grimes to start the upcoming season.

For further details on Claire's performances at Longborough Festival Opera, please see the website here.

Posted 18/06/2024.

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Wagner - Hartmut Haenchen | Claire Barnett-Jones - Götterdämmerung - Philharmonie Zuidnederland

Wagner - Hartmut Haenchen | Claire Barnett-Jones - Götterdämmerung - Philharmonie Zuidnederland

British Mezzo-Soprano Claire Barnett-Jones singing "Höre mit Sinn, was ich dir sage!" from Wagner's Götterdammerung, under the baton of renowned Wagner Conductor Hartmut Haenchen, and the Orchestra Philharmonie Zuidnederlands. Taken from the Grand Finale of the International Vocal Competition ´s-Hertogenbosch september 2018, were Claire won the Wagner Prize of the Netherlands. In this aria (Hore mit sinn) Waltraute visits her sister Brünnhilde to explain that her father, Wotan, has returned to Valhalla with his spear shattered and his mind In pieces. She begs Brünnhilde to return the Ring to the Rheinmaidens to break the curse on Wotan. But she refuses as it was given to her as a token of Love from Siegfried. www.clairebarnettjones.com www.facebook.com/cbjmezzo @cbjmezzo #Wagner #Götterdammerung #歌剧 #ClassicalMusic #YoungSingers #MezzoSoprano #MezzoSopran #WagnerPrize #Netherlands Finale Opera | Oratorium met de philharmonie zuidnederland o.l.v. dirigent Hartmut Haenchen. Al meer dan 60 jaar heeft ’s-Hertogenbosch met het IVC een internationaal top opera evenement in huis. Meer dan 500 zangers melden zich aan in de hoop om The Voice of Den Bosch te worden. Zangers tussen 18 en 32 worden door de wereldtop (Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, De Nationale Opera, de Salzburger Festspiele en beroemde zangers) beoordeeld. En door ons publiek. Dit jaar kunt u voor het eerst uw eigen favoriet als finalist kiezen.

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

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

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

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




 

Press

Press

Wagner GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG/ Longborough Festival Opera

“... one newcomer, Claire Barnett-Jones as Waltraute, had me on the edge of my seat with her sumptuous, creamy mezzo. Her one solo appearance was for me one of the great discoveries of the entire cycle. Winner of the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2021, she will soon return to Bayreuth in the same role and make her debut at Covent Garden—a great career surely lies ahead.”
Colin Davison, British Theatre Guide (June 2024)

Ethel Smyth DER WALD (recording) / BBC Symphony Orchestra

“Perhaps ironically, the finest voice in this cast is mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones as the villainess Iolanthe. She sounded to me like a mezzo version of Joan Sutherland, but with clearer diction and a more straightforward singing style; her technique, even in the few fast passages she is called upon to sing, is faultless. Even better, Barnett-Jones also acts well with the voice and sings with a great deal of nuance. She is, truly, a first-class singer, so much so that her every vocal utterance dominates the scenes she is in. Curiously, Smyth’s music for the villainess is much more lyrical than one might think or like. This is, I feel, the one weakness in the score…unless, of course, her intention was to make Iolanthe sound like a reasonable woman so that she might hold sway over Heinrich.”
Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge (August 2023)



Dvořák RUSALKA / Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse

“As the witch Jezibaba, Claire Barnett-Jones plays with intensity and sings admirably. The voice is dark and disturbing and the singer is aided by a spectacular costume.”
Hubert Stoecklin, Classicalnews.com (October 2022)

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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