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Mascagni: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Welsh National Opera

David Kempster [is] solid as Alfio, though for all-round excellence one must turn to Rebecca Afonwy-Jones’s butter-wouldn’t-melt Lola and Anne-Marie Owens’s fraught Mamma Lucia.

George Hall, THE STAGE May 2016

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones dealt with Olga’s tricky tessitura with great assurance and skilfully managed to make dramatic sense of her ballroom conversion to über-coquette.

OPERA MAGAZINE September 2015

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, who had earlier demonstrated the rich power of her mezzo range on Richard Strauss, was here full of wide-eyed eroticism in these explorations of love as a novelty full of unexpected delights. (Chansons de Bilitis)

THE HERALD May 2011

Marie Claire Breen warmed up into a feisty, flexible-voiced Vixen, matched by mezzo Rebecca Afonwy-Jones as her romantic interest, Fox.

THE GUARDIAN  January 2011

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones‘ Carmen was both dark and manipulative, with enough seductive fruitiness in her voice to sustain complete plausibility.

THE SCOTSMAN September 2010

A Carmen must be utterly seductive and all-powerful, and emerging artist Rebecca Afonwy-Jones is certainly up to the task. Eyes flashing and hips swinging, she effortlessly pulls the puppet-strings of all the men on stage. As for what she can do with her voice, let’s say that if she isn’t a big star in the opera firmament soon there should be a steward’s enquiry.

THE SKINNY September 2010

Poised and warm voiced.  OPERA NOW

It’s tricky, too, for young students to master an easy stage presence for the opera’s many oldsters, though Rebecca Afonwy-Jones proved outstanding in Russian diction and characterisation as the redoubtable Madame Akhrossimova, at her wits’ end with her would-be-absconding charge Natasha. Here the perfect balance between the two singers showed the communication of Prokofiev’s truthful one-to-ones at its edge-of-seat best.

THE ARTS DESK 2010

My favourite piece of the evening was a delightful miniature for mezzo and harp, aptly entitled Butterflies, with a inventive fluttery melody, that proved instantly captivating. Rebecca Afonwy-Jones displayed lovely clear words and injected a hint of fragility into her voice

Maconchy Festival MUSICAL POINTERS October 2007