James Elliott repertoire opera operetta
James Elliott
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The young British tenor James Elliott was born in London, where he studied voice at the Royal Academy of Music. He made his debut as the First Prisoner in Fidelio at Glyndebourne under Sir Simon Rattle, followed by Fenton (Falstaff, Verdi) for Royal Academy Opera.

James was a member of the Zurich Opera Studio from 2003-5 where he participated in masterclasses with Francisco Araiza and Reri Grist, for the studio he appeared as Don Giocondo (La Pietra del Paragone, Rossini) in a production that guested in Genoa (Palazzo Ducale) and Mesières, and was Tamino in the Magic Flute for children in Zurich Opera, a production which toured throughout Switzerland and was recorded for DVD. During that time, James participated in many of Zurich Opera's main productions as well as guesting in the Ticino Festival, singing Paulino (Il Matrimonio Segreto, Cimarosa).

On leaving the Zurich Opera Studio James was engaged at the Stadttheater Bern where he performed a wide range of roles: Iskra in Tschaikowsky’s Mazeppa, Metsestaja in Sallinen's Kullervo, Jasperino in Vipern by Christian Jost and with great success, Fenton in Verdi`s Falstaff.

2008 - 10 James was a member of the Komische Oper Berlin where he made his debut as Tamino in The Magic Flute and was Laertes in the world premiere of Jost's Hamlet. New roles there in 2009-10 were Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale as well as Solo Tenor in a staged version of the Mozart Requiem.

As a guest soloist James appeared in the 2007-08 season in the Aix en Provence Festival’s academy production as Nencio in Haydn's L'Infedelta Delusa under Jérémie Rhorer, was Ferrando in Guy Joosten's production of Così Fan Tutte at the Slovenian National Theatre and Nemorino L´Elisir d`Amore at the Mecklenburgisches Landestheater Neustrelitz, Germany. James sang Belfiore, Il Viaggio a Reims, Rossini in a CPFL co-production of the Opéra National de Montpellier, Théâtre Du Capitole de Toulouse, Grand Théâtre de Reims, Opéra de Nice, Opéra de Marseille, Opéra National de Bordeaux and others under the patronage of Alberto Zedda from 2008-10. In May 2010, James appeared as Remendado in Philippe Arlaud’s Carmen production at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden under the baton of Teodor Currentzis. In August 2010 James sang Orimante in a concert performance of A. Scarlatti's 'Penelope la casta' at the Rheingau Music Festival with the Lautten Compagney under Wolfgang Katschner, a production which was later recorded for the first time by the WDR in Cologne.

Projects in 2011 included Suo-Chong in Lehár’s Das Land des Laechelns at the Schlossfestpiele Neustrelitz (Germany’s major operetta festival) and Camacho in Mendelssohn’s opera Die Hochzeit des Camacho with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko (CD recording). In 2012, James sang Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Stadttheater Bern followed by the role of San Giovanni in a staged version of Handel’s ‘La Resurrezione’ with the Lautten Compagney in Berlin and at the Halle Handel Festival directed by Kobie van Rensburg, as well as Ernest in Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Grand Duke’ in Buxton.

Engagments in 2012-13 included Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro for the Perm Opera under Teodor Currentzis (including a cd production for Sony), his return to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in a production of Die Zauberflote (Monostatos) conducted by Simon Rattle, directed by Robert Carson with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, broadcast live on 3-Sat television, Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa, Paulino) in the Sedières Festival, France, Tamino at Bremen Theatre, and the revival of ‘La Resurrezione’ with the Lautten Compagney in Winterthur, Switzerland. Engagements in 2013-14 included James’ role debut as Count Almaviva in the Barber of Seville, Rossini in Bremerhaven, and Giovanni (La Resurezzione, Handel) with the Lautten Compagney in Innsbruck, Austria. He reprised the role of Count Almaviva in 2014-15 at the Wuppertaler Bühnen and in 2015-16 at the Mid Wales Opera, also covering the role for Opera North. James followed this with Bononcini’s Camilla (leading role of Prenesto) for the WDR Festival Tage Alter Musik in Herne (broadcast live on WDR radio), and Arbace in Idomeneo for the National Theater Mannheim.         

James is a prize-winner of various competitions, including the Glyndebourne-Wessex Prize, the International Ernst Haefliger Opera Competition, as well as the Seghizzi Competition for oratorio and song. He was awarded the HSBC Laureate in Aix-en-Provence and under their auspices participated in a concert tour of Europe and China in 2008.

In Oratorio, James has appeared frequently at the Tonhalle Zurich in such works as Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël and Mozart´s Davide Penitente, he sang Messiah with the RIAS Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Acis and Galatea under the renowned recorder player Maurice Steiger, and Jonathan in Handel’s Saul and J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (2008, Tonhalle Zurich) with the Baroque Orchestra Capriccio Basle, as well as concerts with Marek Janowski and the Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande, he has also worked frequently with the Berner Bach Chor. He performed Handel`s Messiah and Benjamin Britten`s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings in Gorizia, Italy and in 2008 he made his debut at the Konzerthaus Berlin singing J.S. Bach’s Magnificat with the Lautten Compagney. In 2009 James Elliott sang the tenor-part in J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Auditorio de Galicia, Spain with the Real Filharmonia de Galicia under the baton of Maximinio Zumalave. In 2010 James sang tenor solo in the Monteverdi Vespers with the RIAS Chorus and the Orchestra ‘Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin’ in a tour which included the Rheingau music festival, he performed Schubert’s E flat major mass at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid with the Orquesta Radio Televisión Española under Carlos Kalmar, he then returned to the Tonhalle Zurich for the Bach B -minor mass before embarking on a tour of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam under Jan Willem de Vriend with concerts at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich. In 2011, concerts for instance included Bach's B minor mass in London and with the Basler Bach Chor in Switzerland, and Mendelssohn's Elijah at the Tonhalle Zurich as well as Finzi’s song cycle for Tenor and Orchestra ‘Dies Natalis’ in the KKL Luzern. In 2012/13 James sang Messiah in the KKL Luzern along with concerts by J.C. Bach in Switzerland, and Haydn’s ‘Creation’ with the Orchestre d’Auvergne in France . ‘A Child of Our Time’ Tippett has been scheduled for 2013-14 with Basel Symphony Orchestra.

In 2014/15 he appeared in concerts with works by J.S. Bach and B. Martinu at Tonhalle Zürich as well as singing Bach concerts in Winterthur. 2016 James has sung the Matthew Passion arias with the Münchener Bachchor under Jörg Albrecht at Tchaikovsky Philharmonic Hall in Moscow, a series of Mozart Requiems in Switzerland, and will sing Jeptha in the Tonhalle Zürich with the Capriccio Orchestra Basel.

Last update October 2016

James Elliott Tenor