James trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Zürich International Opera
Recent performances include Alberich Das Rheingold, The Protector Written on Skin
(Benjamin) and Pablo Exterminating Angel (Adès) for the Royal Opera House Covent
Garden, his Buxton International Festival debut singing Gusmano in Verdi’s Alzira. The
Photographer Jack the Ripper and Horemhab Akhnaten for ENO, Kyoto in Iris
(Mascagni) for Opera Holland Park, Baron Douphol La Traviata and Frank Die
Fledermaus for Welsh National Opera and Papageno The Magic Flute and Dulcamara
Elixir of Love for Scottish Opera.
Other notable roles include Papageno Die Zauberflöte for Theater Saint Gallen, Kyoto in
Mascagni’s Iris for Opera Holland Park, Count Asdrubale in Rossini’s La Pietra del
Paragone for Opernhaus Zürich and Opéra de Rennes, Conte Le Nozze di Figaro, the
title role in Don Giovanni and Danilo in Leharʼs The Merry Widow at the Dublin National
Concert Hall for Lyric Opera Ireland, Marcello La Bohème and Sharpless Madam
Butterfly both at the Royal Albert Hall for Raymond Gubbay.
Equally in demand on the concert platform, James regularly performs oratorios
throughout the UK & internationally. Recent highlights include Carmina Burana with the
RPO at the Royal Albert Hall, the Messiah with the CBSO at the Birmingham Symphony
Hall and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse at the Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic
Current recordings include the role of Arrostino in Cellier’s The Mountebanks with the BBC
Concert Orchestra, Sir John Copeland in Rodgers and Hart’s Dearest Enemy (New World
Records), and the Rabbit in the original cast recording of Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland (Signum Records). He also makes an appearance as the Mandarin Turandot
alongside Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation.
Future plans include returns to the Royal Opera House, ENO, debuts for Glyndebourne
Festival Opera and Opera North and appearances as the soloist at the Royal Festivsl Hall,
the Royal Albert Hall and the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Visit James Cleverton’s website for more information.