Reviews

Jonathan Dove: Mansfield Park

Fanny Price for the Grange Festival

“Martha Jones was a persuasive Fanny Price who gave an emotionally controlled performance with plenty of colour and warmth in her lyrical mezzo.” (Bachtrack)


“The performance is expert...Among a lively and accomplished cast of mostly young singers I would single out Martha Jones’s Fanny, Henry Neill’s Edmund and Shelley Jackson’s Mary Crawford. “

(Rupert Christiansen: The Telegraph)


“Fanny Price is a tricky heroine on page and on stage, and it’s testament to Dove’s imagination and Martha Jones’s thoughtful portrayal that here she speaks eloquently” (The TImes)


“Martha Jones made a strong Fanny Price, conveying the character's emotional depth and showing real purpose particularly in Act Two. She did a fine balancing act between moral strength and charm, whilst singing with lyrical freedom. And, in moments like the scene in Mr Rushworth's park where she is abandoned by all her companions, Jones brought out the character's real poignancy.” (Planet Hugill)


“Jonathan Dove’s music rises to the occasion in terms of drama and characterisation.... he portrays Fanny Price very persuasively – the perceptive, diffident teenager’s old soul, the moral compass who keeps her own counsel and who thinks before she acts – it’s a gift of a part and was played with great insight, poise and passion by Martha Jones, who plucked any number of heartstrings in her soliloquy over her distress for her beloved Edmund’s ludicrous infatuation with Mary Crawford and expressed Fanny’s growing confidence with great conviction.” (Classical Source)

Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Hermia for Nevill Holt Opera

“Martha Jones’ warm mezzo as Hermia was the pick of a decent quartet of lovers.” (Mark Pullinger: Bachtrack)

"The singers were game ... and all four sang with gusto – Martha Jones (Hermia) and Edmund Danon (Demetrius) particularly impressed with their rich tone and firm phrasing.” (The Telegraph: Rupert Christiansen)

Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria

Melanto/Amore for English Touring Opera

"A staging of extraordinary beauty and simplicity. Profoundly touching...it’s exquisitely sung by a fine ensemble cast….there are also outstanding performances from Martha Jones and Robert Anthony Gardiner, beguiling together as Melanto and Eurymachus."
(The Guardian)

Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte

Dorabella for West Green Opera

“Jones captured Dorabella’s playfulness and sense of fun well with a face that readily opens into a mirthy beam.”


“As Dorabella, Martha Jones reveals a rich and rounded mezzo-soprano”

Haydn: Il Mondo Della Luna

Lisetta for English Touring Opera

“Martha Jones, as Buonafede’s tyrannised maid, Lisetta, lights the show with the lunar beauty of her mezzo.” (Hilary Finch: The Times)


“There was a deal more comic subtlety in Lisette as played by Martha Jones, whose warm, sinuous mezzo is alone worth the price of a ticket.” (Peter Reed: Classical Source)


“Busfield’s pairing with Martha Jones’s outstanding Lisetta is a comic treat” (Tim Ashley: The Guardian)

Britten: Albert Herring

Nancy for English Touring Opera

“…the most touching moments are those between Charles Rice’s suavely devious Sid and Martha Jones’s fetching Nancy” (Nick Kimberley: Evening Standard)


“Much thought clearly went into who should fill the roles of Sid and Nancy (baritone Charles Rice and mezzo Martha Jones), for this loving pair seemed vocally as well as dramatically perfect for each other” (Colin Clarke: Seen and Heard)


"(Charles Rice’s)…. partnership with Martha Jones’ Nancy was one of the delights of the evening, their lovers’ interplay believable. Jones was coquettish and sympathetic to Albert’s plight.” (Mark Pullinger: Opera Britannia)

"Martha Jones displays an attractive voice and personality as Nancy, the girl of Herring’s hopeless, suppressed affections." (Graham Rogers: “The Stage”)


"The cannily selected cast is without any spots of weakness.  Sid and Nancy (Charles Rice and Martha Jones, both excellent) are not a pair to be trusted." (Rupert Christiansen: The Telegraph)

Verdi: La Traviata

Annina for English National Opera

Martha Jones gave a powerfully characterised performance as Annina, without ever over-dominating the scene, and I hope to hear more of her. (Planet Hugill)

Glass: Akhnaten

Neferneferauten for English National Opera

“Their six daughters, literally and metaphorically bound together, are beautifully sung and their disappearance, as one, is affecting.”  (Culture Whisper:  Claudia Pritchard)

 

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