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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

James Rutherford will join Wokingham Choral Society at Eton College, School Hall on 25 November 2001 performing Verdi's Requiem.

September 2001

James Rutherford       Baritone

Following a performance of Falstaff for British Youth Opera, the critic of The Times newspaper announced on 3 September 1999 "one of the most remarkable debuts I have witnessed for decades, 27-year-old James Rutherford's Fat Knight. Stardom, surely, beckons".

James graduated with a degree in Theology from Durham University. Generous support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Scholarship, and an Ian Fleming and Sybil Tutton Award enabled him to commence full time studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Margaret Kingsley. In competition, James won second prize in the 1997 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the National Mozart Competition and the Great Elm Festival, first prize in the English Singers' and Speakers' Competition, and the Alfreda Hodgson Bursary from the National Federation of Music Societies. James was a member of the National Opera Studio in London for the 1998/99 season, supported by The Royal Opera House. In 2000 he became BBC New Generation Artist.

Operatic engagements include Figaro in La nozze di Figaro for Opera North and Welsh National Opera, Falstaff for British Youth Opera; Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Opera North; Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress for English Touring Opera.

Concert performances include The Dream of Gerontius with the Hallé, and also the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Three Choirs Festival; Telemann's cantata Don Quichotte, and a Mozart Concert with Sir Charles Mackerras with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Zemlinsky Maeterlinck Lieder with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Proms, Creation with the Britten Sinfonia, Bach's St Matthew Passion at St George's Hanover Square; Handel's Messiah at Salisbury Cathedral; Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at Exeter Cathedral. James has performed in recital throughout the UK including performances with Graham Johnson's Young Songmakers Almanac, and recitals for the BBC and at the Wigmore Hall and Batth, Buxton, Isle of Man, and Chester International Festivals.

Engagements in the 2001/02 season include Figaro for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, First Shepherd in Daphne for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Concert work includes a programme of Russian arias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin, Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sea Symphony with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonnic Orchestra, Dream of Gerontius with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the 2002 Worcester Three Choirs Festival, and recitals for the BBC and at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and Royal Dublin Society. Future plans include Köthner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for the Royal Opera, bass arias in Bach's St John Passion for English National Opera, Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera, Argante in Rinaldo with Rene Jacobs at the Montpellier and Innsbruck Festivals, and Figaro for the Opera National de Paris. James will make his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2004.