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Welsh mezzo-soprano.

Leah-Marian Jones studied in Manchester at RNCM then in London at the National Opera Studio.

Much of her early career was as a company principal at the Royal Opera House, where she appeared as Mercédès, Flosshilde, Dorabella, Varvara, Karolka, Tisbe and Emilia in Rossini's Otello. She sang several Verdi roles including Flora Bervoix, Laura in Luisa Miller, Fenena, Dorotea in Stiffelio and Emilia. As a freelance she continues to appear at Covent Garden regularly.

She first sang in Scotland when the Covent Garden company performed at the Edinburgh Festival, but she has become a frequent guest with Scottish Opera since 2000.  Her roles with the company include Mozart (Dorabella); Wagner (Flosshilde, Rossweisse); Verdi (Meg Page); Dvořák (Ježibaba Rusalka); Strauss (Page Salome, Annina Der Rosenkavalier); Giordano (Bersi Andrea Chénier); Humperdinck (Hansel, Witch); Stravinsky (Baba The Rake's Progress).

She works regularly at ENO, where roles have included Carmen, Rossweisse, Hippolyta, Maddalena, Orestes in La belle Hélène and Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. With Welsh National she has sung major roles by Rossini (Amenofi Moses in Egypt, Hedwige William Tell); Donizetti (Sara Roberto Devereux); Verdi (Maddalena); Mascagni (Lola); Debussy (Geneviève Pelléas et Mélisande); Janáček (Kabanicha Kátya Kabanová). She has also sung Maddalena with Opera North.

Work abroad includes Flosshilde in Paris (at the Châtelet) and Junon in Rameau's Platée at San Francisco (at Berkeley).

Updated April 2019.

Roles in Scotland

Hansel and Gretel 1998
Laura a peasant girl
Luisa Miller 1998
Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden
Rheingold 2000
Rheingold 2003
Page to Herodias
Salome 2000
Rossweisse a Valkyrie
Valkyrie 2001
Valkyrie 2003
Annina Valzacchi's accomplice
Rosenkavalier 2002
Dorabella Fiordiligi's sister, engaged to Ferrando
Così fan tutte 2002
First Norn
Götterdämmerung 2003
Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden
Götterdämmerung 2003
Bersi Maddalena’s mulatto maid
Andrea Chénier 2005
Meg Mistress Page
Falstaff 2008
Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper
Nozze di Figaro 2010
Hansel and Gretel 2012
Baba the Turk a bearded lady and circus attraction
Rake's Progress 2012
Mamma Lucia the innkeeper, Turiddu’s mother
Cavalleria Rusticana 2012
Ježibaba a witch
Rusalka 2016
Rosa Silvano's mother
Silvano 2019

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