Born in Essex, James Edwards began singing as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, continuing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He made his Royal Opera, Covent Garden, debut as an Apprentice Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 2002 later joining the Young Artists Programme singing roles including Nikolios The Greek Passion, Pong Turandot, Albazar Il turco in Italia, Messenger Aïda, Roderigo Otello and Gaston La traviata.
Other roles have included Don José Carmen and Pinkerton at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the title role in Albert Herring at the Salzburg Landestheater, Novice Billy Budd for English National Opera, Push by David Bruce for Tête-à-Tête, Sempronio Lo speziale with the Israel Camerata, Mr Erlanson A Little Night Music at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Pirelli Sweeney Todd and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress for the Gothenburg Opera, Lensky Eugene Onegin for opera by definition, Roderigo Otello for the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Mas de Daumas GassacThe Lovely Ladies at the Buxton Festival and First Brother The Seven Deadly Sins for the Royal Ballet.
Recordings and broadcasts include Lo Speziale for Israel Camerata ‘Live’, The Carmelites for Chandos, Otello with the Opéra Royal de Wallonie and Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2.
He made his BBC Proms debut in 2006, and his concert engagements have included Beethoven Choral Symphony with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gounod St Cecilia Mass with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Messiah with the Royal Choral Society, The Creation with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Mozart Litaniae de Venerabili Altaris Sacramento with the Academy of Ancient Music at Mozartiana 2012 in Gdansk, Mozart Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Szymanowski Love Songs of Hafiz with the BBC Philharmonic, Verdi Requiem at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and Wexford Opera House,Opera Galas for Longborough Festival Opera, the Mikkeli City Orchestra, the Orion Symphony Orchestra and the Sussex Symphony Orchestra, The Battle Proms 2009 at Althorp Park, a Christmas Gala with the Ten Tors Orchestra, Christmas Galas, Classical Spectacular, Last Night of the Christmas Proms and Last Night of the Spring Proms for Raymond Gubbay Ltd, Proms in the Park with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Viennese New Year with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the 2012 Classical Open Air Concert at Leeds Castle.
He returned to Leeds Castle for the 2013 Classical Open Air Concert, and his current diary includes Rodolfo La bohème and further performances as Pinkerton Madam Butterfly at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Ruggero La rondine for Iford Arts, Beethoven Choral Symphony with the Oxford Philomusica, Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings on tour with the Israel Camerata, C. P. E. Bach Magnificat with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Spectacular Classics for Raymond Gubbay Ltd in Istanbul, an Opera Gala with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and a Valentine’s Day Gala with the Hallé.
In 2011, James Edwards was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music by the Governing body of the RAM for distinguishing himself in the field of Opera.
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