Adjunct Professor, Voice
Director of UBC Summer Vocal Workshop
BMus, MMus (UBC), Dip (Curtis)
Canadian soprano Rhoslyn Jones is an important presence on both the Concert and Operatic stages of the world. Described as a “superb singer and artistic presence,” Ms. Jones’ voice is “luscious, and her soul opens forthrightly and generously to the audience.”
Hailed as “The delicious diva” by the 24 Hours New Vancouver, Ms. Jones captivated the audience with her “unforgettably powerful voice” in her very first production of Le Nozze di Figaro. As the Countess, Rhoslyn Jones imparted “a grace and dignity that prevent[ed] her from descending into the mould of the stereotypical wronged woman, and [allowed] her to become a relatable individual for a modern audience. Jones is a joy to watch and reason alone to see the show.”
Ms. Jones began the 2010-2011 season covering the role of Roxane opposite Placido Domingo’s Cyrano de Bergerac at the San Francisco Opera. Also this season, she will debut the role of Mimi in a new production of La Boheme at the Pacific Opera Victoria.
The 2009-2010 season found Ms. Jones making her role debut as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro withVancouver Opera and a return to Arizona Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. A busy concert singer as well, Rhoslyn sang Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, was the soprano soloist in a concert of arias and duets with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and sang Morgen: A ballet set to a collection of Richard Strauss songs for soprano and orchestra with the New York City Ballet.
In recent seasons, Ms. Jones has appeared as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Santa Barbara, Musetta in La Boheme with Pittsburgh Opera, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Vancouver Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Chicago Opera Theater and the title role of Susannah with Arizona Opera. Ms. Jones also created the starring role of Julia Dent Grant in Phillip Glass’s world premiere of Appomattox with the San Francisco Opera opposite Dwayne Croft and Andrew Shore. She has also recently appeared with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Silicon Valley Symphony, Sonoma State University Orchestra, and Anchorage Symphony.
In addition to her work as a Soprano, Ms. Jones maintains a busy teaching schedule. She is the Co-Director of the University of British Columbia Summer Vocal Workshop; a young artist training program that she has run for 6 years. Students come from all over the world to take lessons, coach, and perform in the program that has quickly grown into a major training prgram under her direction. She is also on the Vocal Faculty at Sonoma State University, and is the Co-Director of the new Bay Area Vocal Academy, a comprehensive vocal training for talented young singers, preparing them for college and a career in classical music. She has also been an Artist in Residence at the San Francisco School of the Arts. Her students have been accepted into some of the best schools in North America, and have won various major competitions under her tutelage.
Originally from Aldergrove, B.C., Ms. Jones completed her Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of British Columbia and her Diploma in Opera Performance at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She also attended the distinguished Summer Festival at Ravinia in 2008 and was a 2004 and 2005 participant in the Merola Opera Program, which led to her selection as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera from 2006-2007.
“Ms. Jones is delighted and honoured to return to her academic and vocal home, and is looking forward to making an impact on the lives of upcoming singers. Her years at UBC were some of the most important and exciting of her vocal development and she is eager to pass along the strong tradition of technical prowess and artistic excellence that has been a hallmark of UBC for decades. Ms. Jones plans to further the program with her vast performing credentials and technical knowledge, and greatly looks forward to contributing in any way she can to assure that UBC retains its reputation as the best musical education in the country.”