The star of the show is Fish lamb, and Nicholas Jones’ performance was nothing short of astounding. His portrayal of a brain damaged young man who is forever trapped in a malfunctioning body was deeply affecting. It was disciplined, honest and never offensive or mawkish. Jones’ vocal lyricism and controlled strength allowed him to sing convincingly with the awkwardness of someone who struggles with a speech impediment as well as sing with a soaring and unleashed voice of a young man who, in brief and private moments, finds himself at peace and at one with his true inner self. The impact is immense. Jones’ art is a joy.
Adelaide Theatre Review – The Barefoot Review May 2016
Nicholas completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the former Victorian College of the Arts. He was a member of Opera Scholars Australia from 2007, performing as a guest soloist at major concerts and attending live masterclasses. He was also awarded the OSA / Australian Music Events “Scholar of the Year” prize, returning regularly as a guest artist.
Nicholas debuted the role of Tamino in VCA’s gala performance of The Magic Flute, and presented a staged version of Schumann’s Dichterliebe. Nicholas performed in the premiere of Art of Thought – a song cycle by Australian composer/pianist Stefan Cassomenos, also collaborating with Cassomenos in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Canticles at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
In 2011, he performed the role of Young Man 1 (and chorus) in Deborah Cheetham’s indigenous opera Pecan Summer at the Arts Centre Playhouse, and expanded his chamber music repertoire with a performance of the tenor solo in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn at ANAM. For IOpera, he sang the role of Soldier in The Emperor of Atlantis and Barnardo in the rarely heard opera Erwin und Elmire for which he earned a Green Room Award nomination.
Nicholas has performed in the chorus of eleven Opera Australia productions since 2007, including the acclaimed Lincoln Centre production of South Pacific, and Bizet’s Carmen on Sydney Harbour. He has toured with Opera Australia as Tamino/Man in Armour 1 in The Magic Flute and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville. He also performed in the Ensemble in South Pacific (National Tour) and in the chorus of the Ring Cycle.
In 2016, Nicholas created the role of Fish Lamb in the world premiere of Tim Winton’s Australian novel – Cloudstreet, composed by George Palmer and presented by State Opera of South Australia. In 2017, Nicholas joined Opera Australia as a Principal Artist performing Remendado in their Opera on Sydney Harbour’s Carmen and creating the role of Marasquin in Two Weddings, One Bride.
2018 highlights include: Performances of Remendado in Carmen, Albazar in Il turco in Italia, Zorn in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, as well as several prominent role covers for Opera Australia. In concert Nicholas performs the tenor solos in Hadyn's The Seasons with Willoughby Choirs and The Creation with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.