James Hall


James Hall

Countertenor James Hall is fast gaining a reputation for his “flawless,” “stand-out” performances (theartsdesk.com). A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Hall was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Prize in 2009 and again in 2010, and the Somerset Song Prize in 2013.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include his debut with Grange Festival as Narciso in Handel Agrippina, the world premiere of Laurence Osborn’s The Mother with Mahogany Opera Group, Mago Christiano Handel Rinaldo for the English Concert in Carnegie Hall, Bach St John Passion with Harry Bicket and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, as well as covering the role of David in Handel Saul for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He also sang the role of Farinelli alongside Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance in the Olivier and Tony Award nominated play Farinelli and the King on Broadway, New York City.

Renowned for his interpretations of both baroque and contemporary repertoire, Hall has sung Zephyrus in Mozart Apollo et Hyacinthus for Classical Opera; Hamor in Handel Jephtha with Academy of Ancient Music; The Boy/Angel (cover) Written on Skin for Royal Opera House; and Nireno Handel Giulio Cesare for the Kilkenny Festival and at St John’s Smith Square for Early Opera Company with Christian Curnyn. Other recent highlights included Pastore III in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as on a concert tour in the USA and at the BBC Proms with Sir John Eliot Gardiner; and Mozart Requiem with Masaaki Suzuki in Singapore. Hall also appeared in the world premiere of David Bruce’s Nothing as Johan for Glyndebourne, and Oberon (cover) in their Festival production of Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

His oratorio and concert performances have included Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium Solomon’s Knot, Bach St John Passion with Lavenham Sinfonia, St Matthew Passion in St John’s Smith Square, Bach B Minor Mass St Alban’s Abbey, Bernstein Chichester Psalms for BBC Radio 3, Handel Messiah for Leeds Philharmonic, Israel in Egypt La Nuova Musica, Theodora in Belfast, Muhly Sentences in London as well as recitals with Albion Baroque in London, and with pianist James Bailleau.

Other operatic credits include Spirit and Second Witch in Dido & Aeneas (Dartington Hall, Vignette Productions, OperaUpClose, AAM), Soloist in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Temple Ensemble), Cupid and Huntsman in Blow’s Venus & Adonis (Dunedin Consort, and Opera Lyrica), Osmida in Jommelli’s La Didone (Ensemble Serse), Endymion in Cavalli’s La Calisto (Hampstead Garden Opera), Oronte in Handel’s Riccardo Primo (London Handel Festival), and Bertarido in Rodelinda (Amade Players).