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Della Jones (b1946)

Della Jones, one of Great Britain’s leading mezzo-sopranos was born in Neath and studied at the Royal College of Music, where she won many prizes including the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship. She has appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, and Opera North, and foreign engagements have included performances in the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and throughout Europe, with repertoire including leading rôles in Ariodante, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, Orfeo, Carmen, Norma, Les Troyens, Don Giovanni, Salome, Tristan und Isolde, Oedipus Rex, The Rake’s Progress and other operas, together with the rôle of Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and of Auntie and Mrs Sedley in the same composer’s Peter Grimes. Her concert appearances include engagements with major British orchestras and throughout Europe, with a repertoire that ranges from Britten’s Phaedra to Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna, Verdi’s Requiem and Songs of the Auvergne. In 1993 she made an acclaimed appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and in 1997 took part in the Gala Concerts as part of the Hand- Over Ceremony in Hong Kong. Della Jones also participated in the Bernard Haitink Farewell Performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2002. Della Jones broadcasts regularly on radio and television both in Britain and abroad and has recorded prolifically for all the



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