Il lacerato spirito: Simon Boccanegra (G. Verdi)
Allen Michael Jones, bass
Celeste Johnson, piano
Bass Allen Michael Jones is rapidly building an exciting and varied up-and-coming career. As a Resident Studio Artist with Minnesota Opera for the 2020-21 season, where he was scheduled to cover Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, and the Father in Jeanine Tesori’s award-winning new opera, Blue. He was also slated to make his house debuts at Minnesota Opera, singing as Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Police Buddy No. 3 in Blue, and Singer Ranger in The Shining (all canceled due to COVID19) but now he is scheduled to sing Man in Don’t Tread On Me: A Century of Racism and Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring. During the summer of 2021, Mr. Jones will join the Santa Fe Opera, singing Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, as well as covering Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Van Helsing in the world premiere of The Lord of Cries. During the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Jones looks forward to making his role debuts as Ferrando in Il trovatore and the Father in Blue with Toledo Opera.
In the spring of 2020, he was scheduled to make his Atlanta Opera debut as L'imperial commissario in Madame Butterfly (canceled due to COVID19), and his house debut with Washington National Opera as Police Buddy No. 3 in Blue (rescheduled to 2021 due to COVID19.).
In 2020, Mr. Jones finished his second year as a Studio Artist with Michigan Opera Theatre, performing the roles of Masetto in Don Giovanni, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Maximillian in Candide, and Policeman/Man in Suit/Man in the Barn in Ricky Ian Gordan’s highly celebrated Grapes of Wrath.
The summer of 2020 would have been Mr. Jones’s second season with the Glimmerglass Festival, where he was slated to reprise the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni and cover the roles of Harold in Wagner’s Die Feen and Commendatore in Don Giovanni. In their 2019 festival season, Mr. Jones covered the Father in Blue, Joe in Show Boat, Suleyman Pasha in The Ghosts of Versailles and performed the role of the Commissario in La traviata. In 2018, Mr. Jones was a participant in the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria where he was a finalist in their Meistersinger Competition.
Also a gifted composer, Mr. Jones is a proud graduate Morehouse College where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Composition before going on to earn his Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University.