Lyric-coloratura soprano Pamela Jones opened the 2019-2020 season with her debut with Arch Angel Productions as a soloist on Columbia University’s Sacred Music Concert Series, singing John Carter’s Cantata for Voice and Piano. She will sing Woglinde in Götterdämmerung with Trilogy: An Opera Company at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in March, completing Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle. This is the first time the famous Ring cycle has been performed in its entirety in New Jersey. Last season she performed Waldvogel in Siegfried with Trilogy: An Opera Company and sang the role of Mrs. Hayes in Susannah by Carlisle Floyd with Lighthouse Opera Company.
Ms. Jones was a soloist in the world premiere of In the Name of the Earth by John Luther Adams at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and she sang in the world premiere performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s Mile Long Opera on the Highline in New York City. Previously Ms. Jones was privileged to sing the role of Miss Rose in the New York premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz at New York City Opera. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Dundalk (Ireland) International Drama Festival for her portrayal of Sister Mary Amnesia in the musical Nunsense by Dan Goggin with the Victory Players, and she received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Euridyce in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld which she sang with Valley Light Opera.
The soprano has performed as Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Kölner Philharmonie and at the Staatsoper Hamburg. She also appeared as Annie in Porgy and Bess at the Charles Bronfman Hall in Tel Aviv, Israel and as the Strawberry Woman at the Semperoper in Dresden, the Kölner Philharmonie, in Haifa, Israel. She has performed Helmwige in Die Walküre and Freia in Das Rheingold with Trilogy: An Opera Company at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In addition, with Trilogy: An Opera Company, she sang the title role in the world premiere of The Bird that Wants to Fly by Michael Raphael, the title role in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, and Sprit McNair in “4” by Trevor Weston, honoring the lives of the four girls killed at the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. With New York City Opera she also sang the roles of Suor Conversa in Suor Angelica and Lolette in La Rondine, both by Giacomo Puccini, Oasis in L’Etoile by Emmanuel Chabrier and Winnie Mandela in excerpts of No Easy Walk to Freedom by Chandler Carter in NYCO’s Contemporary American Opera Lab (VOX). In addition, she sang Pamina and the First Lady in The Magic Flute with the NYCO Education Division.
Ms. Jones performed in a live telecast from New York City Opera’s 2008 production of Madama Butterfly on “Live From Lincoln Center” which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Classical Music/Dance Programs. Pamela Jones was a soloist with the New York City Opera Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in Trois petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine by Olivier Messiaen, and she has also been a soloist at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, at Carnegie Hall, at the Spoleto Festival (USA) in Charleston, South Carolina, and with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She has won the National Opera Association Vocal Competition Legacy Award twice.