British countertenor James Hall studied at the Royal College of Music, London. He performs with some of the UK’s leading early music ensembles and opera companies, including the Academy of Ancient Music, La Nuova Musica, the Dunedin Consort, the Monteverdi Choir, the Binchois Consort, Classical Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Previous and upcoming roles include Oberon (cover) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Glyndebourne), Pastore III L'Orfeo (Bayerische Staatsoper; BBC Proms), Hamor Jephtha (Holst Singers and the AAM), Cyrus Belshazzar (Petros Singers), Johan in the world premiere of David Bruce’s Nothing (Glyndebourne), Zephyrus Apollo et Hyacinthus (Classical Opera), and First Angel/The Boy (cover) Written On Skin (ROH, Covent Garden).
James' recording with The Binchois Consort, Music for the 100 Years' War is now available from Hyperion Records. The album celebrates in musical guise the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, fought on 25 October 1415.
A selection of James' upcoming performances for the 16/17 season are now available here. More will added as they are announced.
Highlights include Alto Soloist Messiah with the Leeds Philharmonic, Pallade/Famigliare I L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Opera de Lyon, Cyrus Belshazzar with the Petros Singers in London, and The Boy/Angel 1 (cover) Written On Skin at the Royal Opera House.
You can now watch a live recording of James' performance in the ★★★★★ Glyndebourne production of David Bruce's Nothing on the Glyndebourne website from 5.00pm on Friday 6 May until 10.00am on Monday 9 May. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, select full-screen mode for the best experience.
Tonight, the Academy of Ancient Music's performance of JS Bach Lenten and Passiontide Cantatas at Milton Court Concert Hall, London, will be broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3. Tune in to hear James singing with the choir and performing the alto solos in Cantata No 39 'Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot' from 7:30pm.
The programme will be available to listen to on the BBC Radio 3 website shortly after the broadcast for a month.
On the 21 March edition of BBC Radio 3's In Tune, James will be performing two arias from the AAM Lenten and Passiontide Bach Cantatas concert programme, Leget Euch from BWV182 and Seinem Schöpfer from BWV39, with members of the Academy of Ancient Music. The programme will be available to listen to here shortly after broadcast, or listen in live on BBC Radio 3 at 4:30pm.
The concert in Milton Court, London on the 24th March will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
The broadcast recording of James' involvement in the BBC Singers performance of Tallis Lamentations under the direction of Stephen Cleobury can now be found here on the BBC Radio 3 website for the next month. The concert begins around the 56 minute mark.
Programme - Tallis: Lamentations (I & II) interspersed with Byrd: Tristitia et anxietas; Ne irascaris Domine
Broadcasted on Valentines Day, you can now listen back to the Dunedin Consort's performance of John Blow's Venus and Adonis recorded live in Glasgow last October, in which James performed Huntsman, on the BBC Radio 3 website for the next month.
This Friday (18th December), as a member of the Temple Church Choir, James will be performing a programme of Nordic inspired choral pieces, including works by Arvo Pärt and Einojuhani Rautavaara. The concert, as part of the Temple Winter Festival, will be broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3 at 7:30pm and will also be found at here at the Radio 3 website where it will be available for 30 days. Check View Post for the programme.
In February 2016, James will performing the role of Johan in the world premiere of David Bruce's new opera Nothing at Glyndebourne.
Directed by Bijan Sheibani and conducted by Sian Edwards, the opera is based on the award-winning novel by Danish author Janne Teller. Nothing (which is co-commissioned by Glyndebourne Productions Limited and Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation) tells the haunting story of a group of teenagers trying to convince their classmates that life has meaning.
New videos of James' performance of John Blow's Venus and Adonis with the Dunedin Consort for the Utrecht OudeMuziek Festival '15 have been uploaded to YouTube and can be found here.
The first half includes motets by Ward, Weelkes, Lawes and Gibbons, with a second half performance of the Blow opera.
James will performing with John Bull and the Dunedin Consort again in October in Edinburgh and Glasgow.