Praised by The Arts Desk for his ‘flawless’, ‘stand-out’ performances on Opera, Concert and Theatre stages around the world, countertenor James Hall enjoys great success in baroque and contemporary repertoire, and regularly appears with some of the world's leading ensembles and opera companies.
In the 2019/20 season, Hall makes his first appearance with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, has his house debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as OBERON in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performs for the Venice Biennale as THE BOY in Written on Skin, and sings GOFFREDO in Glyndebourne on Tour’s Rinaldo and a concert with Sir George Benjamin at the Royal Festival Hall.
Last season, Hall made his Glyndebourne Festival debut in Rinaldo, and his house and role debut at the Opéra National de Montpellier as OBERON A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other recent engagements include a tour of Purcell and Blow duets with countertenor Iestyn Davies at Wigmore Hall and the Palace of Versailles, GUILDENSTERN Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour, NARCISO for Grange Festival’s production of Agrippina, and the role of FARINELLI alongside Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance in Farinelli and the King at the Belasco Theater on Broadway, New York City.
He has created the roles of LEON in Osborn’s The Mother Mahogany Opera Group, NATHANIEL in Na’ama Zisser’s Black Sand for Tete-a-Tete and Grimeborn Festivals, and JOHAN in the world premiere of David Bruce’s Nothing Glyndebourne. In concerts, James sang Bach Cantatas with The English Concert and Harry Bicket at Wigmore Hall for Bach Advent Cantatas, as well as their performance of Rinaldo at Carnegie Hall, where he made his debut performing with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in L’Orfeo. He sang ADALBERTO in Ottone with George Petrou and Il Pomo d'Oro at Festival de Beaune, soloist in Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica for Silbersee and Asko|Schönberg, ZEPHYRUS in Apollo et Hyacinthus with Ian Page and Classical Opera, joined the Early Opera Company for their performances of Giulio Cesare, Mozart Requiem with Masaaki Suzuki and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Bach St John Passion with Harry Bicket and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Hall studied at the Royal College of Music, and was the recipient of the Sir Geraint Evans Prize in 2009 and again in 2010, and the inaugural Somerset Song Prize in 2013.