James Way

Tenor

“With a natural command of the stage, James Way, a tenor with a delicate voice, was a consistent scene stealer. As the auctioneer Sellem in “The Rake’s Progress,” his mania was skillfully vaudevillian; similarly eccentric were his Noël Coward-esque segments of “Façade.” When he returned, in Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella,” his voice was lush and nimble, balancing the sound worlds of 18th-century Pergolesi and 20th-century neoclassicism.”

Joshua Barone, New York Times

Born in Sussex, tenor James Way was winner of the 2nd Prize in the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall.  James is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, a laureate of the ‘Jardin des Voix’ young artists programme of Les Arts Florissants, and holds an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Susan Waters, following a First Class honours degree in music from King’s College London.

Highlights

  • Handel Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Tempo) – Freiburger Barockorchester c. René Jacobs, and Opéra national de Montpellier c. Nathalie Stutzmann
  • Purcell King Arthur – Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin c. René Jacobs – Staatsoper Berlin
  • Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress (Sellem) c. Barbara Hannigan – world tour
  • Concerts with Gabrieli Consort, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RTE Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
  • OAE Rising Stars including Jupiter in Handel’s Semele c. Christophe Rousset, Haydn The Creation c. Adam Fischer, and various Bach cantatas as part of ‘Bach, The Universe and Everything’ project

Biography

Born in Sussex, tenor James Way was winner of the 2nd Prize in the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall.  James is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, a laureate of the ‘Jardin des Voix’ young artists programme of Les…

Born in Sussex, tenor James Way was winner of the 2nd Prize in the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall.  James is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist, a laureate of the ‘Jardin des Voix’ young artists programme of Les Arts Florissants, and holds an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Susan Waters, following a First Class honours degree in music from King’s College London.

A versatile performer, James is increasingly in demand on the concert platform in appearances spanning the breadth of the repertoire right up to the present day.  Among them: Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 3 with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (under John Wilson), Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Last Night of the Proms) and with the CBSO, Mozart C Minor Mass with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (under Stephen Barlow), and several appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra including the European premiere of Ross Harris’ FACE, Berlioz Les nuits d’été and works by Lili Boulanger. This season highlights include Mozart Requiem with L’Orchestre de chambre de Paris and Douglas Boyd, and Stravinsky Pulcinella with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Barbara Hannigan and with the CBSO under Kazuki Yamada.

Rapidly gaining recognition in the Baroque repertoire, in 2017 James was awarded the Rising Stars prize by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom he has performed Jupiter in Handel Semele under Christophe Rousset and Haydn The Creation under Adam Fischer.  More recently highlights have included Monteverdi Vespers with Laurence Cummings and the English Concert for Garsington Opera; Handel Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Tempo) with the Freiburger Barockorchester under René Jacobs; Bach St Matthew Passion (Evangelist) with Nicholas McGegan and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra; Handel Samson (title role) with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, and Acis & Galatea with Les Arts Florissants. This season and beyond James sings Messiah tours with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, and with Trevor Pinnock and the FBO; Bach Magnificat with The English Concert; Handel Solomon with Christian Curnyn and the OAE; Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Bach St Matthew Passion (Evangelist) with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Andreas Spering, and a tour of Handel La Resurrezione with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, conducted by Bernard Labadie.

Opera credits include his debuts with Staatsoper Berlin in Purcell’s King Arthur (AKAMUS and René Jacobs); and with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša as the Holy Fool/Boris Godunov at the Royal Festival Hall; the Ballad Singer/Owen Wingrave for the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals (under Mark Wigglesworth), Gondolier/Death in Venice, cover M. Triquet/Eugene Onegin and Davy in Roxanna Panufnik’s new opera Silver Birch for Garsington Opera; Vistola Fiume and Pastore/La liberazione di Ruggiero for the Brighton Early Music Festival; the Young King in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre; and Sellem in a worldwide tour of The Rake’s Progress under the baton of Barbara Hannigan. In 2020 he sings Handel Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Tempo) for Opéra national de Montpellier under Nathalie Stutzmann.

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