Mezzo Soprano Claire Barnett-Jones is an English National Opera Harewood Artist. In the 2019/20 season, operatic engagements include Fricka and Wellgunde in Das Rheingold for Grimeborn Festival and her English National Opera debut as Eurydice Myth/Persephone in Birtwistle The Mask of Orpheus. She also makes her Concertgebouw debut under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust. Barnett-Jones was awarded the Lilian Baylis Award for Outstanding Potential in the Field of Opera by English National Opera in recognition of her exceptional stage debut in 2019.
Barnett-Jones has performed as soloist in the Last Night of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, for Opéra National de Bordeaux, with the Orchestra of Valencia, CBSO and at the Wigmore Hall. She has had great success in competitions, most recently being selected to compete in the final rounds of the Operalia Compeition and winning the Wagner Prize of the Netherlands and the Junior Jury Prize at the 52nd International Vocal Competition, s’Hertogenbosch. She has also received the Elly Ameling Masterclass Prize (Lieder) at the 51st IVC Competition, the Dame Patricia Routledge English Song Prize, the Birmingham Town Hall/Symphony Hall Recital Prize, the Mario Lanza Opera Prize, and she was a finalist in The Royal Overseas League, Maureen Lehane Vocal competition at the Wigmore Hall and Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with pianist Somi Kim.
Recent operatic engagements include Dryad (cover) in Ariadne auf Naxos, Suzuki (cover) in Madama Butterfly, Annina (cover) Der Rosenkavalier, all for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She made her Glyndebourne Festival Debut as 2nd Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier in 2018 and sung Aninna in La Traviata for Glyndebourne Touring Opera later that year. She was presented with the Wessex Glyndebourne Association Award in 2017 for a young singer of much promise. For English National Opera she has covered Sotopenre in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten and Dido, Dido and Aeneas, for a collaboration between ENO and Unicorn Theatre, London.
Barnett-Jones created the role of ‘Alto 1’ in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch Aus Licht with Birmingham Opera Company and BBC Proms, directed by Graham Vick. For British Youth Opera she performed Maurya Riders to the Sea, where she was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize for outstanding performance. For Buxton Festival Opera, she has performed Gertrude and cover Mother in Charpentier’s Louise conducted by Stephen Barlow.
Barnett-Jones studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Academy Opera and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was a Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Soloist and a member of the RAM Song Circle. Her studies were generously sponsored by the D’Oyly Carte Memorial Fund Scholarship, The George Drexler Foundation, The May Gibson Charitable Trust, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Countess of Munster Trust, The Winship Foundation, and The William Gibbs Foundation. Barnett-Jones is a Samling Artsit and Independent Opera Fellow.
"In sections, I could distinguish Wagnerian strains and melodies which started off as background sound, only to suddenly swell like waves rising slowly in the deep ocean. Claire Barnett-Jones, playing Eurydice Myth, was a superb ‘Valkyrie’, both in body and voice, and so were the furies."
"The Vaughan Williams is sung with searing concentration and wonderfully contained restraint, especially by Claire Barnett-Jones as the tragic Maurya."
"Claire Barnett-Jones as Baba the Turk looked wonderful, was vocally and dramatically excellent and commanded the stage without ever overdoing it."