James is a high baritone based in London; he has recently graduated with a BMus(Hons) degree in Voice & Opera at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tuition of Gordon Sandison and the leadership of Paul Wingfield. James started his musical journey in his early teens through a mixture of choral singing and a long list of musical theatre productions. He now has extensive and varied performance experience in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, song and film. Recent performances include: Playing 'The Sergeant of Police' in Heritage Opera's production of Pirates of Penzance, joinging the Chorus of Wagner's "Der Flegende Holländer" for Longborough Festival Opera, Bobinet in Royal Birmingham Conservatoires production of 'La vie parisienne' by Offenbach, Captain Macheath in Britten's Edition of 'The Beggars Opera', Antonio & cover Figaro in Mozart's 'Le nozze di figaro'.
During his time at the conservatoire James was awarded a scholarship and has won the Winifred Micklam Prize and 2nd Prize in both the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and The Edward Brooks English Song Prize.
James is currently working on building a project of his called 'Singers Eye', which aims to show what a singer sees in their mind whilst singing song repertoire to the audience through the medium of film; which accompanies live performance. James had a successful and well received first performance of these songs with film in April 2018, and is already planning the future of this venture.
James recently had the pleasure of singing 'Fêtes galantes II' as part of the CBSO Debussy Festival in March 2018. He sang alongside pianist James Allen in a lecture-recital by Richard Langham Smith who gave an insightful talk developing connections with paintings and poetry.
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Opera repertoire (complete roles) includes:
Figaro - Le Nozze di Figaro by Amadeus Mozart
Antonio - Le Nozze di Figaro by Amadeus Mozart
Bobbinet - La Vie Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach
L’horloge comtoise - L’enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel
Captain Macheath - The Beggar’s Opera by Benjamin Britten
Sergeant of Police - The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan
Song repertoire (complete cycles) includes:
Songs of Travel - Vaughn Williams
6 Songs from A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth
Dichterliebe by Robert Shumann
Schwanengesang by Franz Schubert
Fêtes galantes II by Claude Debussy
2 Romances by Claude Debussy
James is also familiar with a vast array of other individual songs in the song repertoire.
© Greg Milner Photography