Isola Jones — adjunct Voice faculty at SMCC -- is internationally recognized as an extraordinary mezzo soprano. Making her professional debut in the Verdi Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Jones within two years made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of Olga in Eugene Onegin. Since then she has sung more than 500 performances as a leading artist at “The Met,” paired with such international artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, and performing under the baton of Richard Bonynge and James Levine.   Ms. Jones has performed many leading roles in her distinguished career including Giulietta in Les Contes D'Hoffman, Ulrica in Ballo in Maschera, Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, Amneris in Aida, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Maddalena in Rigoletto, and Dalila in Samson and Dalila. But it is her portrayal of Carmen, her signature role, for which she is best known.     This internationally acclaimed artist can be heard on a number of opera and concert recordings such as The “ Flying Dutchman,” Mahler’s “Symphony # 8” and “ Les Noces,” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti and James Levine, respectively; “Porgy and Bess” with Lorin Maazel conducting; RCA’s “ Cavalleria Rusticana. “ James Levine, conducting; and a solo recording titled "Music of Bach, Handel and Purcell." Ms. Jones has also appeared in 10 "Live from the Met" telecast productions including: La Forza del Destino; Manon Lescaut; The 100th Anniversary Gala of the Metropolitan Opera and Francesca DaRimini all of which are available on video. Ms. Jones has sung with the following opera companies: Arizona Opera, Baltimore Opera, Calgary Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Dallas Opera, Denver Opera, Greensboro Opera, Hungarian Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Seattle Opera, Spoletto Festival, and at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Opera.

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