Doug Jones was a student of Tommy Hayward at Southern Methodist University and then of Seth McCoy at Eastman School of Music. He then traveled to Vienna to continue his studies privately with Carol Blaickner-Mayo, and also at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. His first appearance there was as Vašek in THE BARTERED BRIDE; soon followed by appearances at the Musikverein as Sesto in GIULIO CESARE, and as Almaviva in BARBER DER SEVILLE with Musiktage Wiener Neustadt, and Prologue and Peter Quint in THE TURN OF THE SCREW with the Taschenoper.
Soon thereafter he was engaged with Die Vereinigte Bühnen Wien to appear in musicals, including the first German-language productions of LES MISERABLES, DAS PHANTOM DER OPER, and the world premiere of FREUDIANA, a musical about Sigmund Freud. Simultaneously with this, he began his association with the Wiener Operntheater, appearing in many Austrian premieres of modern opera, including DER REVISOR (Egk), LE GRAND MACABRE (Ligeti), DIE TEUFEL VON LOUDON (Penderecki) and DIE ZWEITE MRS. KONG (Birtwhistle).
Soon followed his first “fest” position with the Stadttheater Basel, where he was engaged to appear in productions of KATYA KABANOVA, TRAVIATA, the Swiss premiere of DIE MENSCHEN (Müller-Seimens), TOSCA, and the world premiere of FAUST, UN TRANSVESTIMENTO (Lombardi). Contemporaneously with his work in Basel, he began to appear as a guest with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, appearing there in multiple performances, including DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, BENVENUTO CELLINI, BORIS GODUNOV, BARTERED BRIDE, RITORNO D’ULISSE, and in Francesca Zambello’s production of BILLY BUDD.
Following this he joined the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt, making appearances there in WOZZECK, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, TRAVIATA, ELEKTRA, TALES OF HOFFMANN, DER BARBIER VON BAGHDAD, REIGEN, BORIS GODUNOV and SIMON BOCCANEGRA. He also at this time made appearances with the Salzburger Festspiele in ROSENKAVALIER, NABUCCO in Bregenz, and began his association with New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, performing there in BARTERED BRIDE, ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, BILLY BUDD, ZAUBERFLÖTE and LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK.
Other performances in Europe included MADAMA BUTTERFLY in Belfast, TRAVIATA, LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, ZAUBERFLÖTE in Bordeaux, LA BELLE HÉLÊNE in Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence, HOLLÄNDER in Nancy, LADY MACBETH and TILL EULENSPIEGEL in Nantes, ARIADNE and ZAUBERFLÖTE in Toulouse, ELEKTRA in Amsterdam, ENTFÜHRUNG in Essen, and FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN in Barcelona.
At the Opera de Paris Bastille he performed in RIGOLETTO, BILLY BUDD, TURANDOT, ROSENKAVALIER and FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN. He has also appeared at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, singing roles in SWEENEY TODD, ELEKTRA and TURANDOT.
Having established himself as a freelance artist, he began his American career in Seattle, making his debut in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE (again in Francesca Zambello’s prodution); this was followed by roles in seventeen operas, including ZAUBERFLÖTE, BORIS GODUNOV, MANON LESCAUT, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, EUGENE ONEGIN, LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, RIGOLETTO, FALSTAFF, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, and PARSIFAL. This led to other appearances with American companies including San Francisco (DIE MEISTERSINGER and FALSTAFF); San Diego (KATYA KABANOVA, BORIS GODUNOV, SAMSON ET DALILA, SALOME); Los Angeles (ENTFÜHRUNG, and the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s THE FANTASTIC MR FOX); Dallas (QUEEN OF SPADES, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO); Detroit (TOSCA, ROSENKAVALIER, PETER GRIMES, SALOME, ENTFÜHRUNG); Austin (TOSCA, ZAUBERFLÖTE, MADAMA BUTTERFLY); Tulsa (LUSTIGE WITWE); Indianapolis (FIGARO); Memphis (THE MUSIC SHOP, DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR); Toledo (RAKE’S PROGRESS, FIGARO); and his hometown of Kansas City (ZAUBERFLÖTE, SILENT NIGHT, TOSCA, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, CARMEN, TURANDOT).
He also began an association with Long Beach Opera, appearing in many productions there, including SEMELE, LES MAMELLE DE TIRESIAS, MACBETH (Bloch), CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS, DIE KLUGE, and THE INVENTION OF MOREL.
He has also been invited to sing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl (TURANDOT), the Atlanta Symphony (ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL), National Symphony Orchestra (ROSENKAVALIER with Renee Fleming), the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland (MANON LESCAUT, A HAND OF BRIDGE, TROUBLE IN TAHITI).
His recent schedule included his debut at Carnegie Hall in Strauss’ FRIEDENSTAG, a return to Long Beach for the Visitor in Glass’ IN THE PENAL COLONY, the Witch in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL at the Bar Harbor Festival, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS in Austin, and the title role in a stage reading of THE GIVER for OCTA in Kansas City.