Alison Rae Jones
Alison Rae Jones was born in Gippsland and studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, going on to perform with the Victoria State Opera, Oz Opera and Opera Queensland in roles including Despina Cosi fan Tutte, Papagena Die Zauberflote, Rose Maybud Ruddigore, Elisa Il Re Pastore, Zerlina Don Giovanni, and Gilda Rigoletto. She had a long association with pianists Michael Easton and Lenn Vorster, recording regularly for the ABC. Her UK debut was singing Polly in The Beggars Opera at Gray’s Inn London. Other International engagements have included Angelina Trial by Jury (Covent Garden Festival); Adina L’elisir D’Amore, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus and Violetta La Traviata ( Kent Opera); Micaela Carmen (Spier Opera Festival, South Africa); Clorinda Cenerentola (Garden Opera); Yum Yum Mikado (Nationale Reisopera, Netherlands); Miss Ninekiller The Wondrous Tale of Fanferlizzy Sunnyfeet and Governess Turn of the Screw directed by Elijah Moshinsky ( Broomhill Opera). She has also sung Governess twice for The Nationale Reisopera with Phillip Langridge as Quint, conducted by Reinbert De Leuuw and plans include another revival. Alison was also a Principal Artist with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and sang Mabel in Pirates of Penzance and Josephine in HMS Pinafore on the West End, Savoy Theatre and in the USA. Concert and Oratorio appearances have taken her throughout Europe and she recently appeared on the BBC television series The Genius of Mozart. Alison returned home to Melbourne last year after over a decade based in the UK and France. She sang Eurydice in Orphee for Victorian Opera, Winter Season.