Timothy Jones, Class of 1988
American Bass-Baritone Timothy Jones enjoys a reputation as an exciting presence on operatic and concert stages throughout the United States, Europe and South America. His eagerly anticipated performances combine intelligent musicianship, commanding vocal technique and an unique ability to connect with audiences.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mr. Jones made his New York debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in February 2000. His operatic performances include leading roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Madam Butterfly, La Boheme, Falstaff, Macbeth, La Traviata, Porgy and Bess, Four Saints in Three Acts, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Owen Wingrave, Carmen, La Damnation de Faust, Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Die Zauberflöte, Hansel and Gretel, and Die Fledermaus. Mr. Jones has appeared with Opera Pacific, Opera Birmingham, Mobile Opera, Ebony Opera, Opera in the Heights, Shreveport Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, the Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Idaho, Opera Southwest, Pensacola Opera and the San Antonio Lyric Opera.
A distinguished concert performer, Mr. Jones has soloed with the Cleveland Orchestra singing Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. He has also performed with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Austin Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Portland Symphony, Saginaw Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Utah Symphony and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. His repertoire includes the Bach’s St. John Passion, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Requiem, A Sea Symphony by Vaughn Williams, Hindemith's When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd, Tippett’s A Child of our Time, and Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies.
An enthusiastic champion of new and contemporary music, Mr. Jones has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions. Mr. Jones annual appearances with Kevin Noe and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble are a highpoint of the season. His performance of Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Kevin Puts’ Einstein on Mercer Street is featured on PNME’s recent recording Against the Emptiness. Other recordings include Drunken Moon and The World of Ruth Crawford Seeger. Among the composers he has worked with are Derek Bermel, Robert Avalon, James Balentine, Laura Carmichael, John Vasconcelos Costa, Kevin Fuchs, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Heuser, Doug Opel, and Jeffrey Nytch.
A favorite of festival audiences, Mr. Jones is highly regarded for his interpretation of art song and lieder. He is frequently heard with Ars Lyrica Houston, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, the Victoria Bach Festival, New Texas Festival, Round Top Music Festival, SOLI and the Cactus Pear Music Festival. As a recitalist he has appeared with keyboardists Warren Jones, Jeffrey Sykes, Matthew Dirst, and Brian Connelly. Mr. Jones is an alumnus of Centenary College and the University of Michigan. He is currently a professor of voice at the University Of Houston Moores School Of Music.