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James Way – Tenor

James Way

Winner of 2nd Prize at the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall, tenor James Way is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he learns with Susan Waters and is supported by the Guildhall Trust, Sheila White Bequest, Drake Calleja Trust, Mario Lanza Foundation, Countess of Munster Trust and the Behrens Foundation. He recently made his BBC Proms debut at the Last Night of the Proms as a soloist in Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. James is the recipient of the 2016 Simon Sandbach Award from Garsington Opera, winner of the ‘most promising singer award’ at the 2016 Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition, a finalist in the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall and a 2013/14 Britten-Pears Young Artist.

Highlights for the 2016/17 season include cover Governor in the UK Premier of Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, Davy in Roxanna Panufnik’s new opera Silver Birch for Garsington Opera, Jupiter Semele with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Ivor Bolton and joining the young artist programme of Les Arts Florissants Le Jardin des Voix led by William Christie and Paul Agnew.

Recent opera roles include the Holy Fool Boris Godunov with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Gondolier and cover Glassmaker Death in Venice, cover Trojan Man Idomeneo and cover M. Triquet all for Garsington Opera, Ferrando (excerpts) for Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artists, Fiume/Pastore La Liberazione di Ruggiero for the Brighton Early Music Festival and the Ballad Singer Owen Wingrave for both the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals.

On the concert platform engagements include step-out aria solos in J.S Bach St Matthew Passion at the Baluarte (Pamplona), KKL Concert Hall (Lucerne), Bozar Hall (Brussels) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) for Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (CBSO / Symphony Hall), Evangelist J.S Bach St John Passion (Temple Players/Temple Church), J.S Bach Magnificat (St Endellion Festival), Handel Messiah (Cheltenham Cathedral), Haydn The Seasons (Dartington Hall), Monteverdi Vespers 1610 (Dartington Hall) and Pergolesi Missa Romana (Southbank Sinfonia / London Handel Festival). James was also invited to sing the tenor solo in a new commission for tenor, horn and strings at the Britten Centenary Weekend (2013) in Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

A keen recitalist James forthcoming engagements include recitals as part of the Chamber Music in Chelsea series and at St James’ Piccadilly. Recently he performed Britten Canticle I at the Barbican, Brahms Liebeslieder and Stephen Hough Other Love Songs at Wigmore Hall and was selected by Graham Johnson to be a member of his Song Guild for a performance of Winterreise at Milton Court. He was was also invited to study with Peter Schreier as part of the Internationale Mendelssohn-Akademie Leipzig sponsored by the UK Mendelssohn Foundation.

James previously studied at King’s College London, where he was a choral scholar and graduated with a first class honours degree in music.