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James Atkinson


British baritone James Atkinson studies at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio with Alison Wells. He is a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar and is kindly supported by a Sybil Tutton Opera Award and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

With the RCM Opera Studio, James has sung the roles of Buonafede (Il mondo della luna), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Le Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias) and Blazes (The Lighthouse) and was to perform Ramiro (L’heure espagnole) in March 2020. 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.

James previously appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival in a 2017 showcase recital and as part of Natasha Loges’ 2019 study day, ‘Clara Schumann: Rethinking the Myth’. Other performances include Fauré Requiem with the RCM Symphony Orchestra under Jac van Steen and an English song recital at The Red House Library, Aldeburgh. James won first prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2018, first 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: Jul 2020