Originally from Buffalo, NY, Baritone Evan Thomas Jones has sung a wide variety of roles in opera, most notably both Mozart and Rossini's Figaro, as well as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Jones has also portrayed a number of roles in musical theater and operetta.
Highlights include the roles of Danilo Danilovich in The Merry Widow, Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music and Leon Czolgosz in Assassins. In concert he has been featured as the baritone soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana,
Fauré's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and Bach's Magnificat. He is particularly
in demand as an interpreter of the concert repertoire of Ralph Vaughn Williams, having
performed the Five Mystical Songs, Serenade to Music, Dona Nobis Pacem and Fantasia On Christmas Carols. Mr. Jones has sung with Opera Memphis, Opera Naples, Berkshire Opera Company, Compañía
Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica, Mercury Opera, Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras,
Memphis Symphony, Finger Lakes Choral Festival and the Augusta Choral Society.
Mr. Jones is also active in the performance of new works. In 2009, the Buffalo Philharmonic
Orchestra and Chorus released the world premiere recording of Randol Bass' Passage Into Spirit on which Mr. Jones was the featured soloist. In 2010, Mr. Jones created the role
of Roger Clinton in the world premiere performance of a new opera entitled Billy Blythe in Little Rock, Arkansas. He will be reprising the role in the premiere. This past
spring, Mr. Jones was the baritone soloist for the premiere performance of Dohnányi's
Orchesterlieder with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra which was also recorded on the
The 2013-2014 season began with an appearance as a featured guest artist in the inaugural
gala concert of the Finger Lakes Opera Company. Later this season, Mr. Jones makes
return engagements with Opera Memphis as Pish-Tush in The Mikado, and the Helena & Jackson Symphonies and Memphis Masterworks Chorale as a soloist.
In the spring, he will be giving recitals, master classes, and workshops at Westminster
Choir College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Henderson State University,
and Buffalo State College.
Prof. Jones is a graduate of Florida State University and will be completing his Doctorate
of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music this spring. While at Eastman he
was rewarded for excellence in both performing and teaching by winning first place
in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition and by becoming the first recipient of
the William McIver Memorial Award in teaching. Prof. Jones's diverse group of current
and former students have won awards at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions,
National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions and have appeared on the
stages of major opera houses, national equity tours and Broadway as well as in television
and film. He serves on the board of directors for Tennessee NATS, and as the Director
of the West Tennessee District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.