Isola Jones 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.
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 entitled “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. The Metropolitan Opera released a new DVD (unavailable on any other format) of the original telecast of Rigoletto featuring Isola Jones, Cornell MacNeil, Ileana Cortrubas, Justino Diaz, and Placido Domingo. In August, 2009 the Metropolitan Opera released another DVD of the original telecast of Cavalleria Rusticana featuring Isola Jones, Tatiana Troyanos and Placido Domingo.
Ms. Jones was presented with the prestigious Merit Award from her Alma Mater, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She earned a Master’s Degree of Science in Education from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Musical Arts from Providence College in Rhode Island. She is an Honorary member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity and an honored member of the United Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals. Ms Jones has recently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program at Arizona State University.
She was honored to participate in the world premier of James DeMars’ “The Blessingway Songs” along with iconic Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai. Ms. Jones collaborated with James DeMars on an opera written for her: “Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Roses which is available on Canyon Records at Amazon.com.
Ms. Jones was honored with the Living History Award for Excellence and Extraordinary Service in the Performing Arts by the Phoenix Chapter of the Links Inc., Jack and Jill of America Inc., and Gamma Mu Boule’ Fraternity.
On March 25th 2012, Ms. Jones was honored as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women which is now part of the Centennial Celebration of the state of Arizona under the auspices of the Arizona Historical Society.