New York Opera Fest 2017: Isola Jones to Give Masterclass as Part of Master Series With Martina Arroyo Foundation

By David Salazar

You’ve heard Fred Plotkin. You’ve heard Sharon Sweet. Now the Martina Arroyo Foundation and New York Opera Fest bring you mezzo-soprano Isola Jones as part of the Master Series.

The masterclass is slated for June 14, 2017, starting at 7 p.m. EDT at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College on East 68th Street. It will feature performances from Prelude to Performance singers.

Jones’ career is linked to the Metropolitan Opera, where she appeared a whopping 505 times. She made her debut with the company on Oct. 15, 1977, in the role of Olga in “Eugene Onegin.” She would perform that role 39 times in her career at the Met. She sang Maddalena in “Rigoletto,” her most performed role with the company, 86 times. She also performed in such operas as “Parsifal,” “Carmen,” “La Forza del Destino,” “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” “Francesca da Rimini,” “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “Manon Lescaut,” “Die Frau ohne Schatten,” “Ariadne auf Naxos,” “Wozzeck,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “Luisa Miller.” Her final performance came in Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” on Feb. 23, 1991.

After Isola Jones, the Martina Arroyo Foundation will also showcase events with Stefano Mazzonis, Ken Benson, and Jane Eaglen.