James Way makes his debut for Opéra national de Montpellier reprising the role of Tempo in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno under Thibault Noally, following a highly...MORE
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“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.”
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.
- Handel Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Tempo) – Freiburger Barockorchester c. René Jacobs; and Opéra national de Montpellier c. Thibault Noally
- Purcell King Arthur – Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin c. René Jacobs – Staatsoper Berlin
- Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress (Sellem) c. Barbara Hannigan – world tour
- George Benjamin Lessons in Love and Violence (Young King) – St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre
- Handel Messiah – Les Arts Florissants c.William Christie, Freiburger Barockorchester c. Trevor Pinnock, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra c. Douglas Boyd
- Concerts with BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort, RTE Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
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.
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 with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Munich Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and several appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra including the European premiere of Ross Harris FACE, Berlioz Les nuits d’été, works by Lili Boulanger, and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at the Last Night of the Proms. This season highlights include Mozart Requiem with L’Orchestre de chambre de Paris and Douglas Boyd, and Stravinsky Pulcinella with both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic 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; 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, with Trevor Pinnock and the FBO, in his US concert debut with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, with Harry Christophers and the Handel & Haydn Society, and with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; Bach Magnificat with The English Concert; Handel Solomon with Christian Curnyn and the OAE; Purcell King Arthur and The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort and Players; and Bach St Matthew Passion (Evangelist) with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Andreas Spering.
Opera credits include his debuts with Staatsoper Berlin in Purcell 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 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. Roles in 2020 include Handel Alcina (Oronte, cover) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Tempo) for Opéra national de Montpellier under Thibault Noally.This biography should not be edited without permission from Maxine Robertson Management.
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