Originally from Buffalo, NY, baritone Evan Jones has enjoyed a diverse performing career in opera, musical theater, concert, and recital.
In opera, notable roles include Figaro in both Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti. Highlights in musical theater and operetta include, Voltaire and Pangloss in Candide, Danilo Danilovich in The Merry Widow, Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, and Dr. Falke and Frank in Die Fledermaus. In concert he has been featured as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Brahms and Fauré Requiems, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and Bach's Magnificat and St. Matthew's Passion. He is particularly in demand as an interpreter of the concert repertoire of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ having frequently performed the Five Mystical Songs, Serenade to Music, Dona Nobis Pacem and Fantasia On Christmas Carols. Mr. Jones has sung with the Tanglewood Music Fesitva, Opera Memphis, Opera Naples, Berkshire Opera Company, Opera, Compañía Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica, Finger Lakes Opera, Mercury Opera, the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras, the Memphis and Jackson Symphonies as well the 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. In 2013, Mr. Jones was the baritone soloist for the premiere performance and Naxos recording of Dohnányi’s Orchesterlieder with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra.
During the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Jones makes his company debuts with the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival as Pangloss and Voltaire in Bernstein’s Candide, travels with the Nashville Symphony Chorus to Prague for Carmina Burana, returns to the Helena Symphony for A Night in Italy, and gives recitals on the campuses of Virginia Tech, Buffalo State College, and Penn State University.
Mr. Jones currently serves on the voice faculty at Florida State University.