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James Berry - Ave Maria
John Cameron Prize for the Singing of Lieder (2016)
Bass-baritone James Berry made a very fine job of Valens, the power-crazed bad guy. (Robert Beale, Manchester Classical Music) (2017)
Rich toned bass-baritone James Berry made the most of his part of Henry Davis the camouflage clad janitor who likes a drink or two singing I Got A Marble And A Star as he dreamt of better things for himself. With a fine voice Berry is another performer I would like to see in a larger part. (Michael Cookson, Seen and Heard International) (2015)
Baritone James Berry began his musical training as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire. After studying at Bloxham School and King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, he read Religion and Anthropology at the University of Manchester, while studying singing with Andrew Heggie. He then started his formal vocal training at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), studying with Paul Nilon. While there, he was awarded the John Cameron Prize for the Singing of Lieder, and was a finalist in both the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award for Singers.
During his time at RNCM, James was able to work with Sir Thomas Allen, Sir John Tomlinson, Christopher Purves, James Gilchrist, Roger Vignoles, David Owen Norris, Anthony Spiri, Patricia McMahon, Martin Pickard, Richard Stokes, Paul Wynne Griffiths, and Isobel Flinn.
Recent work has included covering solos for Bergen Nasjonale Opera’s staged production of Messiah, Hobson (Peter Grimes) at Dartington International Summer Festival, First Burgess and Chorus (Peter Grimes) with Bergen Philharmonic at the Bergen International Festival, Ali (The Italian Girl in Algiers) with Mananan Opera, Valens (Theodora) with RNCM Opera, Barone Douphol (La Traviata) with Mananan Opera and Henri Martel (Un Mari à la Porte) with Manchester Opera Ensemble.
James is currently resident in Manchester, where he is a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral
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