"The Count, played impeccably by John Leuan Jones, in some parts stole the show thanks to his superb voice and his even more superb physicality on the stage"
Hannah Wilde, North West End
Ieuan, Llio Evans, Aled Jones, Elan Catrin Parry, Steffan Morris - a post concert picture from the Royal Albert Hall
"In convincing voice and one of the highlights of the evening was baritone John Ieuan Jones, vocally firm and intense in the role of Watchful"
Michael Cookson, Seen and Heard International
"To sing to operatic standard and also perform spoken dialogue is no mean feat. John Ieuan Jones is particularly good in both capacities as the pompous and petulant Lord Ellington. He enlivens any scene in which he appears with his comic timing and physical acting"
David Keyworth, Weekend Notes
Pandolfe, Lucette's father and second husband to the domineering and over-bearing Madame De La Haltiere and her two daughters, was played with resigned dignity giving a truly empathetic performance by John Ieuan Jones
Matthew Dougall, Manchester Salon
If I found the staging and production satisfactory, it was as nothing compared to the quality of singing and acting to be seen and heard. Matters started well with John Ieuan Jones sonorous tones and good acting as Pandolfe, Cedrillon’s father
Robert J Farr, Seen and Heard International
Originally from the Welsh coastal town of Rhos-on-Sea, John Ieuan Jones recently graduated from the masters course at the Royal Northern College of Music with distinction, where he studied with Matthew Best. His studies were generously supported by the Drapers’ Company, the D’Oyly Carte Trust, George Henry Peters Scholarship and the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award.
During his time at the college, his roles included Harry Easter in Street Scene, Pandolfe in Cendrillon, Lord Ellington in La vie Parisienne and Watchful in The Pilgrim’s Progress. Whilst at college, he worked at Buxton Festival Opera and Longborough Festival Opera, and since graduating has sung the title role in Krása’s Brundibar for Welsh National Opera and a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo for Grange Park Opera.
Ieuan is a busy and in demand concert singer having performed throughout the UK, in Europe and the USA. Recent highlights have included an Opera Gala at the Bridgewater Hall, making his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall at the London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs, guest soloist at the North America Festival of Wales in Washington DC and last year shared the stage with Sir Bryn Terfel at the Millennium Centre in the opening concert of the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
His many awards and scholarships including the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship, the Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award, the Manchester Welsh Society Award, the RNCM James Martin Oncken Song Prize, Second Prize in the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize at the RNCM and the Dunraven Singer of the Year competition. Ieuan has also had countless successes at National and International Eisteddfodau in Wales, having won the prestigious Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize, the Wilbert Lloyd Roberts Memorial Scholarship, and this year winning the major prize at the National Eisteddfod, the W Towyn Roberts Memorial Scholarship.
He is a familiar face on Welsh television channel S4C, frequently appearing and performing on programmes such as ‘Noson Lawen' and ‘Heno' and his recordings include Harry Sherwood in Cellier’s Dorothy with Victorian Opera conducted by Richard Bonynge, now available on Naxos CD. Ieuan is also an accomplished harpist, having performed for the Prime Minister and members of the Royal family.
His future engagements include Masetto in Don Giovanni with The Merry Opera Company, baritone soloist for Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Finzi’s In Terra Pax in Bangor Cathedral, guest soloist at the St Gauderic Music Festival in France and in April will fly to Canada to perform in the Ontario Welsh Festival.
Ieuan thrilled his audience with his varied program which ranged from an operatic aria to “If I were a rich man” from Fiddler on the Roof, which gave us a taste of his acting skills
Megan Roberts, Ninnau
John Ieuan Jones, as Harry Sherwood, brings warmth to the show’s big hit number, ‘Queen of my heart’.
Richard Bratby, Gramaphone
The strong rich voice of John Ieuan Jones as Leon Czolgosz gives us a moving performance of “Gun Song”...
Keith Mckenna, British Theatre Guide