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Photo: Ben McKee

James Berry

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British, Swiss

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

1st Bass Chorus
Der Fliegender Holländer (Wagner)
Bergen Nasjonale Opera
2018
Chorus
La Traviata (Verdi)
Longborough Festival Opera
2018
Zaretsky
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
OperaUpClose
2018
Leporello​ (in English)
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Opera on Location
2018
Valens
Theodora (Handel)
RNCM Opera
2017
Hobson
Peter Grimes (Britten)
Dartington Festival Opera
2017
Ali
L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
Mananan Opera
2017
First Burgess, Chorus
Peter Grimes (Britten)
Bergen Nasjonale Opera
2017
First Burgess, Fisherman
Peter Grimes (Britten)
Bergen Nasjonale Opera
2017
Uberto
La Serva Padrona (Pergolesi)
RNCM Opera
2017
Barone Douphol
La Traviata (Verdi)
Mananan Opera
2016
Henry Davis
Street Scene (Weill)
RNCM Opera
2015
Adonis
Venus and Adonis (Blow)
Manchester University Opera
2013

Operetta/G&S

Henri Martel
A Husband at the Door (Offenbach)
Manchester Opera Ensemble
2016
Pritchtich
The Merry Widow (Lehár)
RNCM Opera
2014

Chorus

Oratorio/Concerts

Bass Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Bergen Nasjonale Opera
2017

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

James Berry - Ave Maria

La Serva Padrona, RNCM Opera 2017

La Serva Padrona, RNCM Opera 2017

La Serva Padrona, RNCM Opera 2017

photo: Robert Workman

photo: Robert Workman

photo: Robert Workman

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)

Mmus Vocal Studies
Royal Northern College of Music
2015–2017
Bmus Vocal Studies (First Class)
Royal Northern College of Music
2012–2015

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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