Prince Gremin's aria: Eugene Onegin (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) Allen Michael Jones, bass
Blair Salter, piano
Bass Allen Michael Jones is rapidly building an exciting and varied up-and-coming career. During the summer of 2021, Mr. Jones joined 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. In the summer of 2022, Mr. Jones will return to Santa Fe Opera as Officer in Il barbiere di Siviglia and cover the roles of Zuniga in Carmen and Pistola in Falstaff. During the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Jones made his role debut as Ferrando in Il trovatore and was set to sing the Father in Blue with Toledo Opera (COVID19). He also performed as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Dayton Philharmonic, covered the role of the Father in Blue at Seattle Opera, reprised the role of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin with Dallas Symphony under the baton of Fabio Luisi and sings Zuniga in Carmen at Minnesota Opera. In 2023, Mr. Jones joins Nashville Opera and Pensacola Opera as Colline in La bohème, Atlanta Opera as the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and Billy in The Snowy Day and returns to Minnesota Opera as Commendatore in Don Giovanni. In 2024, Mr. Jones will make his Dallas Opera debut TBA.
As a Resident Studio Artist with Minnesota Opera for the 2020-21 season, 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 debut with Minnesota Opera, singing Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Police Buddy No. 3 in Blue, and Singer Ranger in The Shining (all canceled due to COVID19) but instead sang Man in Don’t Tread On Me: A Century of Racism and Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring.
In the spring of 2020, he was scheduled to make his Atlanta Opera debut as L'imperial commissario in Madama Butterfly (COVID19 - rescheduled to fall 2022), and his house debut with Washington National Opera as Police Buddy No. 3 in Blue (COVID19). That year, Mr. Jones also 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 of 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.