A Night at the Opera

Saturday, 5 March 2016 - 7:30pm

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Following the previous sell-out GLive Opera Classics concert, Jeremy Backhouse conducts Vivace Chorus and Brandenburg Sinfonia in another night of some of the most wonderful opera choruses and songs.

The soloists are Claire Seaton (soprano), Carris Jones (mezzo-soprano) and Peter Davoran (tenor).

Mezzo-soprano Carris Jones

We are delighted to have Carris Jones perform as Mezzo-soprano.

Born in Surrey but largely raised in Southeast Asia, Carris Jones studied history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she was also a choral scholar. Completing her postgraduate musical study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Carris graduated a DipRam, the Academy’s highest performance award. Other training includes English National Opera’s training programme Opera Works.

Carris’ operatic roles include Cornelia Julius Caesar (ENO, cover), Mother/Witch Hansel and Gretel (Co-Opera), Genevieve Pelleas et Melisande (Grimeborn Festival), Susanna Susanna (Iford Arts, cover), Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington, cover) and Filipyevna Onegin (Bury Court Opera/Southbank Sinfonia). Carris made her Royal Festival Hall debut in the role of Renee in the first European performance of Shostakovich’s Orango, with Esa Pekka-Salonen and the Philharmonia. In 2013 Carris created the title role in Harvey Brough’s new community opera Ona’s Flood for Iford Arts.

Carris’ concert highlights include Verdi Requiem at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Bach Magnificat for Laurence Cummings and the English Concert, and performances of Elgar Sea Pictures and Mahler Kindertotenlieder with the North London Symphony Orchestra. As a consort singer, Carris has sung across five continents. She was a founder member of Stile Antico, an unconducted early music vocal ensemble with whom she has won a ClassicFM Gramophone award, been twice nominated for the prestigious Grammy awards and collaborated with Sting on his Dowland lute song project, Songs from the Labyrinth.

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