Ana James - soprano
Lyric coloratura soprano Ana James was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden from 2005 to 2007. She made her Royal Opera debut as Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, and subsequently sang Frasquita Carmen, Flower Maiden Parsifal, Elisa Il Re Pastore, Une Soeur Cyrano de Bergerac, Croyble Thais , Cerpetta La Serva Padrona and 1st Unborn Child Die Frau ohne Schatten.
Elsewhere she has sung Donna Anna (Opera Holland Park/Glyndebourne Festival Opera/Diva Opera), Pamina Die Zauberflölte (Glyndebourne on Tour), Konstanze (Iford/Rio de Janiero), Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring (Tolouse), Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (New Zealand Opera), and Violetta (Opera Project). She has also sung Frasquita Carmen with the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev in Moscow, Adele Die Fledermaus with London Lyric Opera at Cadogan Hall, Musetta La Boheme with the Puccini Festival on tour in Abu Dhabi, and Felice in Wolf-Ferrari’s I quattro rusteghi with the European Opera Centre/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ana James’s concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, C Minor Mass, Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No 4, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions. She has performed in concert throughout New Zealand, on tour in China with the World Orchestra of Spain, and in venues such as the Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, and Barbican Halls in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and at the Musashino Civic Cultural Hall, Tokyo. In 2011 she sung in a concert of extracts from Haydn Operas with the Classical Opera Company at the Wigmore Hall, and represented the Royal Opera House in a special concert at Buckingham Palace celebrating “Youth and Arts”. She was recently soloist in a New Year’s Day concert for Raymond Gubbay at the Barbican. She has recorded Ygraine Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (Telarc) and taken part in the S4C TV documentary “Sopranos”.
A graduate of the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, Royal College of Music London, she studies with Lillian Watson. A winner of several scholarships and competitions, she is the inaugural recipient of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Scholarship. Ana James also studied with Marlena Kleinmann Malas at the Manhattan School of Music, New York.