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 and Cerpetta La Serva Padrona.
Elsewhere she has sung Donna Anna (Opera Holland Park/Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Pamina Die Zauberflölte (Glyndebourne on Tour), Konstanze (Iford), Gretel Hänsel und Gretel (New Zealand Opera), 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, Felice in Wolf-Ferrari’s I quattro rusteghi with the European Opera Centre/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Konstanze Die Entfürung aus dem Serail (Iford Arts).
For the Royal Opera she has covered the roles of Woodbird Siegfried, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Norina Don Pasquale, Marzelline Fidelio, Dorinda Orlando, and Serpetta La Finta Giardiniera. Other roles include Governess The Turn of the Screw, Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring, Mistress Ford Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Baroness Der Wildschütz, Despina Cosí Fan Tutte, and Madame Silberklang Der Schauspieldirektor. Operatic scenes performed include Philine Mignon, Violetta La Traviata, Aspasia Mitridate and Sophie Der Rosenkavalier.
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. Last year 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.
The current season includes Miss Wordsworth Albert Herring (Toulouse), Konstanze (Rio de Janiero), Violetta (Opera Project) and Flower Maiden Parsifal (Hallé/BBC Proms).