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James Atkinson


James Atkinson is a baritone currently studying at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio with Alison Wells, supported by a Pidem Scholarship, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Tillett Trust, an Alfred Alexander Award, and the Josephine Baker Trust.

With the RCM Opera Studio, James has sung the roles of Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Le Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias), Blazes (The Lighthouse), and Le Fleuve (Les fêtes d'Hébé) - in collaboration with l'Académie de l'Opéra national de Paris. Other roles include Lysander (The Enchanted Island) with British Youth Opera, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) with Hurn Court Opera, and cover Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with English Touring Opera. In opera scenes James has performed as Figaro (Barber of Seville), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Sid (Albert Herring).

Other performances include the solos in Fauré Requiem with the RCM Symphony Orchestra under Jac van Steen, a recital of English song at The Red House Library, Aldeburgh, a showcase recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival, an opera gala at Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven, RCM masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Emma Kirkby, and Roderick Williams, and a Wigmore Hall masterclass with Thomas Quasthoff. James won 1st prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2018, 1st prize and the Audience Prize at the Somerset Song Prize 2019, the Schubert Prize at the Mozart Competition 2019, and was a semi-finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2019.

Last updated: Sep 2019