Hailed as “a pure voice allied with a ready wit” by the Observer for his performances in Dido and Aeneas in London, countertenor James Hall graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2012 with Distinction. He was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Prize in 2009 and again in 2010, was a finalist in the Brooks Van Der Pump English Song Competition (2012), and winner of the Somerset Song Prize (2013).
Solo performance highlights have included Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with Solomon’s Knot, Bach’s St John Passion with Lavenham Sinfonia, St Matthew Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers at St John’s Smith Square, Bach’s B Minor Mass at St Alban’s Abbey, Handel’s Messiah with Ars Eloquentiae and Israel in Egypt with La Nuova Musica, as well as recitals with Albion Baroque in London, and with pianist James Bailleau in Somerset.
Operatic credits include Spirit and Second Witch in Dido & Aeneas (Dartington Hall, Vignette Productions, and OperaUpClose), Soloist in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Temple Ensemble), Cupid and Huntsman in Blow’s Venus & Adonis (Dunedin Consort, and Opera Lyrica), Osmida in Jommelli’s La Didone (Ensemble Serse), Endymion in Cavalli’s La Calisto (Hampstead Garden Opera), Oronte in Handel’s Riccardo Primo (London Handel Festival), and Bertarido in Rodelinda (Amade Players), and Pastore III L’Orfeo (Bayerische Staatsoper, Monteverdi Choir and BBC Proms).
As well as his work in the Baroque repertoire, James has also been involved in a number of contemporary projects including the Military Governor A Night at the Chinese Opera (British Youth Opera), the premiere of Nathaniel in Na’ama Zisser’s Black Sand (Grimeborn, and Tête-a-Tête), Soloist in Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica in Utrecht, Holland (Silbersee & Asko|Schönberg), Hamlet (cover) in David Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter with The Opera Group (an Opera North/ROH2 co-production), as well as roles in the premiere of three short operas by the Royal College of Music’s composition students in collaboration with Tête-a-Tête Opera in London. More recently, James sung the role of Johan in the world premiere of David Bruce’s Nothing, a community opera led by Glyndebourne in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Oberon (cover) in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the baton of Jakub Hrusa at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Nothing extracts as part of ROH Out Loud at Covent Garden.
Performances in the 2016/2017 season will include Coronation Anthems and Fairy Queen with the Academy of Ancient Music, First Angel/Boy (cover) Written on Skin at the Royal Opera House, Pallade L’Incoronazione di Poppea with the opera studio of Opéra de Lyon, as well as a number of recitals throughout the U.K. and further afield.