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Rutherford James - Bass (b. 1975)

Biography of Rutherford James:

James was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and made his debut as a Bass with the National Youth Music Theatre. He graduated with a degree in Theology from Durham University before proceeding to the Royal College of Music to study with Margaret Kingsley, having a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Scholarship. He then gained a place at the National Opera Studio where he was supported by The Royal Opera House. James has had considerable success in national competitions winning major prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, The Wigmore Hall International Song Mozart Competition, and The English Singers' and Speakers' Competition as well as the Alfreda Hodgson Bursary from the National Federation of Music Societies. Recent solo concert performances have included Bach's St. Matthew Passion at St. George's Hanover Square, Handel's Messiah at Salisbury Cathedral, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at Exeter Cathedral, Verdi's Requiem at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Brahms' Requiem with Sir David Willcocks and Bach's Mass in B minor at St. John's Smith Square and at Bocholt, Germany. Operatic roles with the London Royal Schools' Vocal Faculty include Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Sir Colin Davis, Don Inigo (L'Heure Espagnole) and Nanni (L'Infedelta Delusa); with the London Handel Society, the roles of Marziano (Alessandro Severo) and Tullio (Arminio); with Clonter Opera, Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola); with Kent Opera, Caronte (Orfeo) and the title role of Verdi's Falstaff for British Youth Opera. Plans for the 1999/2000 season include Theseus (A Midsummer Night's Dream) for Opera North and Nick Shadow (The Rake's Progress) for English Touring Opera and for the 2000/2001 season the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera North, Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. James has sung in recital throughout the country and abroad, including the British Embassy inBerlin and the Bishopsgate Institute in London. He has also worked with Graham Johnson's Young Songmakers Almanac and is a recommended artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. James made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in October 1999.

CD's with Rutherford James
Music by Anton Liste

ArtNr. GMCD 7184

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ArtNr. GMCD 7312

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