Praised by The Arts Desk for his “flawless,” “stand-out” performances on opera, concert and theatre stages around the world, countertenor James Hall enjoys great success in baroque and contemporary repertoire, and regularly appears with some of the world's leading ensembles and opera companies.
In the 2018/19 season, Hall makes his Glyndebourne Festival debut for their revival production of Handel’s Rinaldo, and his house and role debut at the Opéra National de Montpellier as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other performances in recent seasons include a tour of Purcell and Blow duets with countertenor Iestyn Davies at Wigmore Hall and the Palace of Versailles, Guildenstern in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour, Narciso for Grange Festival’s production of Handel’s Agrippina, and the role of Farinelli alongside Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance in the Olivier and Tony Award nominated play Farinelli and the King on Broadway, New York City.
Further ahead, Hall makes his first appearance with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, has his house debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and sings Goffredo in Glyndebourne on Tour’s Rinaldo.
He has created the roles of Leon in Laurence Osborn’s The Mother with director Frederic Wake-Walker and Mahogany Opera Group, and Johan in the world premiere of David Bruce’s Nothing for Glyndebourne. On the concert platform, Hall joined The English Concert and Harry Bicket at Wigmore Hall for Bach Advent Cantatas, as well as their performance of Handel’s Rinaldo at Carnegie Hall, where he made his debut performing with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. He sang Adalberto in Handel’s Ottone with George Petrou and Il Pomo d'Oro at Festival de Beaune, Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha with the Academy of Ancient Music, Zephyrus in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus with Ian Page and Classical Opera, joined Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company for their recent performances of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms for BBC Radio 3, Mozart Requiem with Masaaki Suzuki and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Bach St John Passion with Harry Bicket and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Hall studied at the Royal College of Music, was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Prize in 2009 and again in 2010, and the inaugural Somerset Song Prize in 2013.
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