Rhys JENKINS Bariton
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

Rhys Jenkins made his debut in Germany as JAGO in ‚Otello’ in summer 2014 at the International Music Festival at Gut Immling. The German Magazine Der neue Merker wrote :

'The Welsh Rhys Jenkins gave his first Jago. No doubt, in future he will sing this part,
which suits him perfectly, quite often.'

In summer 2015 he returned successful to Immling as LINDORF/COPPELIUS/DR. MIRACLE/ DAPERTUTTO in ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’. Since beginning of the season 2015/16 he is a member of the Osnabruck Theatre where he sings such roles as SIMONE BOCCANEGRA, TELRAMUND, OREST, OWEN WINGRAVE and the SPEAKER in ‘Die Zauberflöte’

Guest engagements lately brought the artist to the Scottish Opera Edinburgh, the Opera Barga (Lucca/Toscana) and once again to the Welsh National Opera, where he made his successful debut last season as the HERALD in Lohengrin’ under the musical direction of Lothar Koenigs.

After reading Modern Languages in Edinburgh and Vienna, the Welsh baritone trained at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Opera School, (RSAMD) followed by the Cardiff International Academy of Voice where he was supported by BBC Wales and the Dennis O’Neill Foundation. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Samling Foundation Scholar, a Wingate Scholar and alumnus of the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto.

In the course of his training, Rhys Jenkins already performed the title role in DON GIOVANNI at the Verbier Festival Academy under the musical direction of Manfred Honeck and gave his debut recital at the Aldeburgh Festival singing Duparc Melodie and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. In Manchester he portrayed DANDINI under Maestro Enrique Mazzola.

His operatic roles include SID in Albert Herring, DANDINI in La Cenerentola, FIGARO in Il barbiere di Siviglia, GUGLIELMO in Cosi fan tutte, SCHAUNARD, MARCELLO in La Bohème, BOTTOM in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The SORCERESS in Dido and Aeneas, SHARPLESS in Madama Butterfly, PETER in Hänsel und Gretel, Le GENDARME in Les Mamelles de Tiresias, RODRIGO in Don Carlo, GERMONT in La Traviata, CONTE DI LUNA in Il Trovatore, the title role in RIGOLETTO, the title role in GIANNI SCHICCI, SCARPIA in Tosca and TONIO in I pagliacci, on which The Irish Mail on Sunday wrote:

“Rhys Jenkins, as the lascivious Tonio, has a rich baritone, and he launches the opera,
moving among the audience with a powerful rendition of the prologue”

Highlights of his busy concert diary are Brahms’ Requiem, Dvorák’s Mass in D, Maunder's Jerusalem, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Stanford'sSongs of the Sea, Elgar’s Coronation Ode, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Berlioz’Messe Solennelle, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Maunder's Bethlehem, Bach's St Matthew Passion and Rutter's Mass for the Children.

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Theater Osnabrück - Lohengrin - TELRAMUND
'Especially in the first act Rhys Jenkins (Friedrich von Telramund) succeeds in boosting his profile,...'
www.operapoint.com
The Osnabrück newcomers Rhys Jenkins as Telramund (in appearance and attitude he would also make an appropriate Alberich ) and José Gallisa as the German king perfecty fit in this pleasantly mixed ensemble.
www.epaper.osnabruecker-nachrichten.de
Rhys Jenkins with his secure, but rather hard baritone voice convinces as Lohengrins opponent Friedrich von Telramund.
Horst Dichanz, www.opernnetz.de
Theater Osnabrück - Lohengrin - TELRAMUND
'Rhys Jenkins perfectly masters the demnding role of Friedrich von Telramund. ...'
NOZ
www.noz.de
Osnabrück Theatre - SIMONE BOCCANEGRA
In the title role Rhys Jenkins made his remarkable debut at the Osnabruck Theatre. The Welsh baritone has a rich and powerful voice, by which he knows how to indicate the disparate aspects of the Boccanegra character.
NOZ
www.noz.de
Oper festival Immling - The Tales of Hoffmann - 4 VILLAINS
As his opponent, the Welsh baritone Rhys Jenkins, in the form of a diabolical clown with smoothly flowing notes, presented far better.
Opernglas 10/2015
The second fixed point and pillar of the entertaining new production is the baritone Rhys Jenkins, who portrays here the roles of Hoffmann's opponents. A diabolic clown, who grimacingly dances a across the stage, hardly succeeding in hiding his true nature.
Der neue Merker
www.merkur.de
International Music Festival in Chiemgau - Otello - JAGO
'Rhys Jenkins from Wales, this philistine in his grey jersey, sneers and smirks behind Otello's back. He fully meets the requirements of this difficult role, both as a singer and as an actor.'

 

'Especially the casting of the constellation Otello-Jago-Desdemona turns this second last Verdi opera into a real psychothriller, even more suspenseful than any American crime series. With this ensemble the producers of Immling made three real discoveries. The Welsh baritone Rhys Jenkins' interpretation of Jago shows a fiddler, an almost Mephistophelian character with wit and an absolutely space-filling, highly convincing voice.'

BR Klassik
www.ardmediathek.de

 

'The third in the trio is Rhys Jenkins as Jago, both vocally and dramatically extremely agile. At first glance he doesn't at all seem to fit in with the stereotyped cliché of the sinister intriguer, always entering the stage with a smile on his face, miming a dancing jester with fuzzy hair and bagy clothes. But behind the cheerful facade, pure hatred is slumbering. In the furiously ejected "Credo" we catch a short glimpse of this hatred. Afterwards, Jago once again puts on his pokerface...'

Ostbayerische Volksblatt
www.ovb-online.de

 

'The Welsh Rhys Jenkins gave his first Jago. No doubt, in future he will sing this part, which suits him perfectly, quite often.'

Der neue Merker
www.der-neue-merker.eu

 

Welsh National Opera – Lohengrin – HERALD – June 2013
'... and was replaced in that role by Rhys Jenkins. Both were fine in their new roles. Jenkins' diction and stage presence were ideal.'
Opera Britannia
'I was impressed by Simon Thorpe and Rhys Jenkins, both of whom had to step up to new roles at the last minute due to John Lundgren (originally cast as Telramund) being unable to sing.'
Hippodrome Heather
 
 
INTERVIEWS - PORTRAITS
 
Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (deutsch)
 
 
 
SZENENFOTOS
Theater Osnabrück - Manon Lescaut - LESCAUT
 
Theater Osnabrück - Lohengrin - TELRAMUND
 
Osnabrück Theatre - SIMONE BOCCANEGRA
 
Internationales Musikfestival Gut Immling - Otello - JAGO