British Jugendlich-dramatischer soprano Erika Mädi Jones debuted to critical acclaim as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at Longborough Festival Opera in summer 2016. She looks forward to singing her debut of Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes this summer with the Dartington International Summer School orchestra under the baton of Sian Edwards.
Erika was highly commended in the finals of the 2015 UK Wagner Society singing competition and a 2015 Les Azuriales young artist. She was awarded first prize in the 2013 Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo competition and second prize in the Roy Pleasance Competition that same year. Erika is supported by Help Musicians UK, and is the recipient of the Goodall scholarship from the UK Wagner Society, Friends in New York of TCM London Award/ Edgar TP Comley Certificate of Excellence. She was a chorister at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2015.
A Britten Pears Young Artist, Erika performed in the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival as part of the Thomas Quasthoff Brahms song course. She has had the pleasure of studying with Eugene Asti on his Brahms and Richard Strauss Projects at Trinity Laban, notably performing Strauss’s Opus 27 songs with pianist Clare Simmonds. Together with pianist Panaretos Kyriatzidis, she has performed a wide variety of German lieder from Hindemith to Korngold, Wolf to Berg and recently Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. The duo were invited to sing in a masterclass with Ian Partridge CBE in the 2014 Oxford Lieder festival and a masterclass with Roger Vignoles in the 2013 London Song Festival. The duo return in Spring 2017 with a recital of works composed by female composers at Benjamin Britten’s The Red House, Aldeburgh.
In concert Erika has performed orchestral works such as Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder , Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and worked with conductors including Howard Williams, Diego Masson and Gerry Cornelius.
Opera credits include: Elisabeth, Tannhäuser (Longborough Festival Opera), Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, (Moon-Little Theatre & Co Opera Co). Leonore, Fidelio (Guildford Opera), 2 Magd, Daphne (with Opera at Home), 2nd Lady, Die Zauberflöte (in a workshop with Simon McBurney/Complicite ahead of his new staging of Die Zauberflöte for De Nederlandse Oper).
Erika graduated from the Cardiff University Music School with honours before pursuing vocal studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Gaining Distinctions in both Masters of Music and Postgraduate Artist’s Diploma, her studies were supported by the Robinson Hearn Scholarship, Stopford Westminster Bursary, the Kathleen Roberts Scholarship, Trinity Laban Postgraduate and External courses bursary funds. Additionally, Erika was a member of the 2013/14 Trinity Laban mentor scheme at English National Opera.
She has had the pleasure of performing in masterclasses with such artists as Cheryl Studer, Susan Bullock, Rosalind Plowright OBE, Diana Montague, Ryland Davies, Susanna Stranders, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Ian Kennedy, Richard Jackson, Sarah Leonard, Martin Handley and Rodney Clarke.
Erika is a fluent German speaker. She currently lives in Berkshire, close to London and studies with Alison Wells.