Paul Carey Jones receives great acclaim after performing at Grimeborn Festival in Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Bass-Baritone Paul Carey Jones has been showered with a number of outstanding reviews after performing as “Wotan” in Wagner’s Das Reingold at Grimeborn Festival. This new orchestration by Jonathon Dove, directed by Julia Burbach and conducted by Peter Selwyn, ran from 31 July and had its final performance last Saturday at the Arcola Theatre, London.
18 musicians from the Orpheus Sinfonia and an exceptional cast of singers joined forces for the opening of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Das Rheingold revolves around the guarded Rhine treasure and the Nibelung dwarf Alberich, who steals the treasure resulting in a battle for domination stretching from the depths of the river to the mountaintop home of the gods, with Wotan as their king (performed by Paul Carey Jones).
Paul will reprise the role of Wotan at Longborough Festival Opera from 2021 - 23 in their ambitious production of the full operatic cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen.
“[…] the bass-baritone gave a masterclass in characterisation. His focus never slipped and even when silent he filled every second of Wotan’s stage time with action, reaction and reflection. Who needs surtitles, exemplary though these were, when you can follow the whole plot by watching Wotan’s face? Carey Jones's powerful, grand-operatic voice was everything the role requires […]”
“This was a wonderfully complete portrayal of Wotan as egomaniac, truly self-absorbed in his vision. Carey Jones found an inner strength in his voice, and in Wotan's great pronouncements were wonderfully magisterial, yet there was also a sense of his delusion and separation from the realities of what was going on around him.”
“Paul Carey Jones’s Wotan is even grander, a huge voice and a commanding, wily presence that you could imagine would take no prisoners in a production with full orchestra.”