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Born Blaina, Monmouthshire, 14 February 1891.

Died London, 26 December 1963.

Welsh tenor.

Parry Jones was one of the best and most versatile tenors active in Britain between the wars, a leading member of the Beecham, Carl Rosa, BNOC and Covent Garden companies.

He trained in London at the Royal College of Music.  He later studied in Italy (with Colli), Dresden (with Scheidemantel) and back in England with John Coates.

Returning from an American tour in 1915, he survived the sinking of the Lusitania, before spending time with Beecham and D'Oyly Carte.  He toured with Carl Rosa 1919-22.

When BNOC began operations in 1922 he joined them, remaining until they ceased operations in 1928.  His voice had a refinement that allowed him to sing high-lying lyrical parts such as the Astrologer in Golden Cockerel.  He was also able to sing heavier roles, and sang David and Walther in The Mastersingers in consecutive seasons.  Other Wagner roles included Tannhäuser and Lohengrin.

From then he appeared regularly at Covent Garden, including a period after the war (1949 -53) when what is now the Royal Opera was in its early stages.  He then sang some character roles, including the Captain (Wozzeck) and Shuisky (Boris Godunov).

He later taught in London at the Guildhall, where his students included Patricia Kern

Roles in Scotland

Don José a corporal of dragoons
Carmen 1919
Carmen 1924
Roméo a Montague
Romeo and Juliet 1919
Hoffmann a poet
Tales of Hoffmann 1919
Duke of Mantua
Rigoletto 1919
Ballad-seller
Hugh the Drover 1924
Augustin Moser a tailor
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1924
Beppe a player
Pagliacci 1924
Apollo
Alkestis 1924
Astrologer
Golden Cockerel 1924
Golden Cockerel 1925
Tannhäuser a knight and minnesinger
Tannhäuser 1924
Tannhäuser 1925
Tannhäuser 1926
Tannhäuser 1928
Gherardo Buoso's nephew, aged forty
Gianni Schicchi 1925
Gianni Schicchi 1926
Gianni Schicchi 1927
Peto
At the Boar's Head 1925
Tamino a Prince
Zauberflöte 1925
Zauberflöte 1927
Balthasar Zorn a pewterer
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1925
Cassio Otello's lieutenant
Otello 1926
Sailor
Tristan und Isolde 1926
David apprentice to Sachs
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1926
Radamès Captain of the Guard
Aïda 1926
Aïda 1927
Walther von der Vogelweide a knight and minnesinger
Tannhäuser 1927
Walther von Stolzing a young knight
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1927
Lohengrin a knight
Lohengrin 1929
Pong Grand Cook
Turandot 1929
Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy
Madam Butterfly 1929
Madam Butterfly 1942
Alfred an Italian tenor and admirer of Rosalinde
Fledermaus 1930
Fledermaus 1935
Siegmund a Volsung
Valkyrie 1931
Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay
Trovatore 1942
Tenor
Lied von der Erde 1947
Bob Boles fisherman and Methodist
Peter Grimes 1950
Curé an elderly priest
Olympians 1950
Monostatos a servant in the Temple
Zauberflöte 1952
Pang Grand Purveyor
Turandot 1952
Mr Bye-Ends
Pilgrim's Progress 1952

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