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James Edwards   photograph

Photograph by Clive Barda

Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

James Edwards joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 21st March 2009 in Bach's St John Passion BWV 245.

February 2009

James Edwards            Tenor

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. Whilst there James sang roles including Pong Turandot, Albazar Il turco in Italia, Messenger Aïda and Roderigo Otello. For the Royal Opera, he also covered Ernesto Don Pasquale, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor and Cassio Otello.

Other roles have included the title role in Albert Herring at the Salzburg Landestheater, Novice Billy Budd and First Commissioner The Carmelites for English National Opera, Push by David Bruce for Tête-à-Tête, Rodolfo La bohème for the Blackheath Opera Project, Pinkerton Madam Butterfly for Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, Pirelli Sweeney Todd at the Gothenburg Opera and Lensky Eugene Onegin for opera by definition. His recordings include The Carmelites for Chandos.

On the concert platform he made his BBC Proms debut in 2006, and other engagements have included the Mozart Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Szymanowski Love Songs of Hafiz with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Viennese Galas with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an Opera Gala for Longborough Festival Opera, Proms in the Park with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Last Night of the Spring Proms with Raymond Gubbay.

Recent and current engagements include Hoffmann The Tales of Hoffmann for Mid Wales Opera, Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progress at the Gothenburg Opera, Gustavus Un ballo in maschera for Cork Opera 2005, The Duke of Mantua Rigoletto for Grange Park Opera (Nevill Holt) and Pimlico Opera, First Brother The Seven Deadly Sins for the Royal Ballet, Christmas Galas for Raymond Gubbay Ltd, a New Year's Day Gala for the Mikkeli City Orchestra, The Battle Proms 2008 at Althorp Park and Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2.