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James Atkinson

British baritone James Atkinson is a graduate of the Royal College of Music Opera Studio, where he studied with Alison Wells. James is the winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Singers Prize 2022, first prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2018, and first prize and the Audience Prize at the Somerset Song Prize 2019.

Opera roles include Masetto Don Giovanni (Welsh National Opera), Orest Elektra (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra), Ein Steuermann Tristan und Isolde (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg), Papageno Die Zauberflöte and Aeneas Dido and Aeneas (Hurn Court Opera). With the RCM Opera Studio, he sang the roles of Ramiro L’heure espagnole, Buonafede Il mondo della luna, Sam Trouble in Tahiti, Le Gendarme Les mamelles de Tirésias and Blazes The Lighthouse.
Concert performances include Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast (Jonathan Nott, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra), Haydn’s The Creation (Bernard Labadie, Montreal Symphony Orchestra) and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (Edward Gardner, London Philharmonic Orchestra).

As a recitalist, James has performed at Oxford Lieder, Wigmore Hall, Lied Festival Victoria de los Ángeles, Beethovenfest Bonn, the Lammermuir Festival, the London Song Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the North Norfolk Music Festival and the Ludlow English Song Weekend.

Upcoming performances include Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Wild Arts, Faure’s Requiem with Jonathan Nott and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and Guglielmo in a new production of Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte with Welsh National Opera.