UH Alumnus Wins Grammy for ‘Best Opera Recording’

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Photo courtesy: Jessica E. Jones Jones in the Moores Opera Center’s 2009-2010 season production of “Elmer Gantry”A UH alumnus has been honored with one of the recording industry’s most prestigious awards. Critics have called Jessica Jones’ performance “astonishing,” “thrilling” and “fabulous” but now the University of Houston Moores School of Music (MSM) graduate is a Grammy Award winner.
Jones, who graduated from the University of Houston with both masters and bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance, scored music gold for “Best Opera Recording” for her portrayal of Chrisann Brennan, Steve Jobs’ girlfriend and mother of his oldest child, in “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.” It was Jones’ first Grammy nomination and win.
The opera, composed by Mason Bates with librettist Mark Campbell, premiered in 2017 at the Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The opera depicts milestones throughout Jobs’ life, including founding Apple and creating the iPhone, and the cultural transformation that followed. In the “Best Opera Recording” classical music category, the Grammy award goes to the conductor, album producer(s) and principal soloists. Jones and the rest of the winners in classical categories were announced Sunday (Feb. 10) during a ceremony held before the prime-time telecast at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Jones, who is originally from Idaho, comes from a musical family. She landed her first opera role at age 15 in “The Marriage of Figaro.” While at UH, Jones began her studies with mezzo-soprano Katherine Ciesinski and went on to complete her degrees with soprano Cynthia Clayton. She performed in contemporary operas at UH including “The Ghost of Versailles,” “The Turn of the Screw” and “The Grapes of Wrath.” Jones also spent a couple of seasons with the Opera in the Heights.
“I am so grateful to all of the wonderful teachers, mentors, coaches, family members and colleagues who have been with me on this …

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