Hailing from the South Wales Valleys, Emyr Wyn Jones studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, gaining a BMus in Vocal Studies (First Class with Honours) and an MA in Opera Performance (Distinction) under the tutelage of Eric Roberts and Michael Pollock. Roles have included Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia, Minskman Flight, Papageno The Magic Flute, Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Sid Albert Herring, Forester Cunning Little Vixen, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff conducted by Carlo Rizzi (all for RWCMD). Other roles include Contractor/Ensemble Gair ar Gnawd [Word on Flesh] (Welsh National Opera/S4C), cover Nana/Starkey Peter Pan (Welsh National Opera), Benoit/Alcindoro La bohème, Schelkalov/Boyar Khruschov Boris Godunov, Henry Cuffe Gloriana, Mr Flint Billy Budd (St Endellion Festival), Farmer/Ensemble Simplicius Simplicissimus (Independent Opera) and Cadmus Semele (Mid Wales Opera) and 1st Priest/ Cover Papageno The Magic Flute (Longborough Festival Opera). Emyr has appeared in concert performances of Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with CBSO, and in a Commemoration of the Somme concert with the Hallé Orchestra. He has also appeared on Welsh radio, television, and, most notably, on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Awards have included the 2016 RWCMD Ian Stoutzker Prize, the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal, RWCMD’s HRH Prince of Wales Scholarship, the Dame Shirley Bassey Vocal Award, the David and Philippa Seligman Award, the Bruce Millar Gulliver Opera Award 2015, MOCSA Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2015 and the 2013 Ffresh Film Award Best Young Actor.
Emyr is a 17/18 National Opera Studio Young Artist, in what will be their 40th Anniversary Year. He is very grateful to be sponsored by The Carne Trust, Mr Chris Ball, The Banham Foundation, Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Award, The Welsh Livery Guild, and the Opera Awards Foundation.