With over one hundred roles in over eighty operas, American tenor Doug Jones has proven himself to be one of the most versatile character tenors performing today. His repertoire embraces all styles from Monteverdi to premieres of new works by composers such as Gyorgi Ligeti, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Luca Lombardi and Tobias Picker. Recent performances include Pang TURANDOT (filmed for DVD, label Opus Arte) and Junge Diener ELEKTRA (with Christine Goerke) at Royal Opera Covent Garden; a return to Seattle Opera for Borsa RIGOLETTO and Tanzmeister ARIADNE AUF NAXOS; Basilio in FIGARO for Dallas Opera; Kronprinz in Kevin Puts’ SILENT NIGHT and Dancairo CARMEN for Kansas City Lyric Opera; Major-Domo and Innkeeper in ROSENKAVALIER (with Renee Fleming) with the National Symphony Orchestra, and, in 2016, his Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ FRIEDENSTAG.
In the US, Mr. Jones has performed with the Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Long Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, Austin Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Colorado, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Bard Festival. Internationally he has appeared in many European houses including Opera Bastille, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Stadttheater Basel, Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, Oper Frankfurt, Opera de Bordeaux, Netherlands Opera, Vienna Opera Theater, Opera Toulouse, and the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv. He has also appeared with the summer festivals of Salzburg, Bregenz, Innsbruck, St. Sebastian (Spain), Batignano (Italy) and Aix-en-Provence.
A house favorite with the Seattle Opera, Mr. Jones has performed a variety of roles there including Valzacchi ROSENKAVALIER, Edmondo/Dancing Master MANON LESCAUT, Tanzmeister ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY (with Patricia Racette), as well as roles in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, ZAUBERFLÖTE, BORIS GODUNOV, EUGENE ONEGIN, FLEDERMAUS, and PARSIFAL. He made his debut at Covent Garden as Tobias in SWEENEY TODD, and debuted in Vienna as Sesto GIULIO CESARE in the Wiener Musikverein. In addition, Mr. Jones has frequently performed with the Wiener Operntheater, presenting 20th century works in Vienna, notably the title role in DER REVISOR by Werner Egk, as well as the title role in Austrian premiere of Birtwistle’s THE SECOND MRS. KONG, as well as the premieres of Ligeti’s GRANDE MACABRE and Penderecki’s THE DEVILS OF LOUDON.
Other notable engagements in the U.S. include MEISTERSINGER and FALSTAFF for San Francisco Opera, Pedrillo ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO and the world premiere of Picker’s FANTASTIC MR FOX for Los Angeles Opera; Kudrjasch KATYA KABANOVA (again with Racette) and Holy Fool BORIS GODUNOV for San Diego Opera; Pytor Fedorevitch/Colonel in Shostakovich’s THE NOSE with the Bard Festival; TOSCA and BUTTERFLY with Austin Opera; Matt/Filch/Street Singer/Messenger THREEPENNY OPERA and First Jew SALOME with Arizona Opera. Notable internaional engagments include BILLY BUDD, FALSTAFF, L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, and BARTERED BRIDE with the New Israeli Opera; TRAVIATA, FLIEGENDE HOLLAENDER, and MIDSUMMER NIGHT’s DREAM for Opera de Bordeaux; ELEKTRA in Amsterdam; LADY MACBETH OF MTZENSK and the world premiere of Karetnikov’s TILL EULENSPIEGEL for Opera Nantes; and frequent appearances at the Opera Bastille, including the Novice in Francesca Zambello’s widely praised production of BILLY BUDD, RIGOLETTO, ROSENKAVALIER, TURANDOT, and the new Robert Wilson production of DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN.
He has collaborated with such notable stage directors as David Alden, Chris Alexander, Michael Hampe, Bernard Uzan, Andreas Homoki, Hans-Peter Lehman, Lotfi Mansouri, Gian Carlo Menotti, Harold Prince, Jerome Savary, Herbert Wernicke, Robert Wilson and Francesca Zambello. Notable conductors include Maurizio Arena, Maurizio Benini, Richard Buckley, Sylvain Cambreling, Frederic Chaslin, James Conlon, John Fiore, Asher Fisch, Graeme Jenkins, Armin Jordan, Stefan Lano, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, George Manahan, John Mauceri, Georges Pretre, Nicola Rescigno, Julius Rudel, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Gerald Schwarz, Leon Botstein, Robert Spano, David Stern, Roderick Brydon, Anders Nilsson and Edo de Waart.
He can be heard on the commercial recordings of the premiere of the opera DIE MENSCHEN by Detlev Mueller-Siemens on the Wergo label, as well as recordings of two musicals produced by Vereinigte Buehnen Wien – the first German-language production of LES MISERABLES, and the world premiere recording of FREUDIANA by Eric Woolfson, produced by the Alan Parsons project, about the life of Sigmund Freud.