Chris Booth-Jones studied at the Royal Academy of Music and began his operatic career in 1970, singing with, among others, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and The Royal Opera House. Chris joined English National Opera in 1982, where he was Principal baritone for 18 years. It would be easier to list the baritone parts that Chris has not played than those he has. Performing has taken him to South America, the USA, Russia, Hong Kong and all around Europe. In recent years he has focused on recitals and recordings. Chris believes that at best, singing should be as natural as talking.
This is a collection of some of the most beautiful English songs written in the 20th century, in which the poets and composers express internal journeys of a wide emotional range, from youthful love and its erotic pleasures to the stoic wisdom of advanced years, reflecting on the passing of time and death itself. These four composers knew each other, sharing a love of English folk songs, which they collected throughout the land, preserving and absorbing the oral tradition before this heritage was lost. More >>