Pacific Opera Victoria
Mimi in La Bohème
Rhoslyn Jones makes her Pacific Opera Victoria debut and her role debut as Mimi in the February 2011 production of La Bohème. She has previously performed the coquettish Musetta with Pittsburgh and Arizona Opera.
The young Canadian soprano is quickly becoming an important presence on both the Concert and Operatic stages of the world. 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 Bohème at Pacific Opera Victoria.
The 2009-2010 season found Ms. Jones making her role debut as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Opera and a return to Arizona Opera as Musetta in La Bohème. 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 Musetta in La Bohème 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.
Originally from Aldergrove, B.C., Ms. Jones completed her Undergraduate and Masters degree 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 Merola, which led to her selection as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera from 2006-2007. She has won the Mario Lanza Competition, the CBC Debut Competition, the Vancouver Women's Musical Society Competition and was heard on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as a national semi-finalist of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Soprano Rhoslyn Jones had several scene-stealing moments, but her true genius vocally came through in the final scene when she reunites the near-death Mimi with Rodolfo. Her voice was powerful and nuanced, particularly in the upper register, but it was the sheer humanity she brought to the scene that earned her the audience's resounding applause. She went from flightly, flirty party girl to this sympathetic, heart-beating-loudly human being that you wanted to hug and assure that everything would be OK.
Cathalena E. Burch - Arizona Daily Star
Her voice is luscious, and her soul opens forthrightly and generously to the audience.
Olivia Stapp, San Francisco Classical Voice
The warm coloring and brightness of her voice in the bravado aria was reminiscent of a young Renée Fleming.
Theodore P. Mahne, The Times-Picayune
Rhoslyn Jones sings Musetta's Waltz in La Bohème (Arizona Opera, 2010)