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Mr. James Benjamin Rodgers

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    American Musical Theatre Ensemble
  • Member
    Manhattan School Opera Studio


  • Manhattan School of Music
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America's First Freestanding Holocaust Memorial Center - Previous HMC Announcements, 20 Mar 2008 [cached]
James Rodgers
Among all of the evening's musical personalities, the one who is farthest from home is James Benjamin Rodgers, a New Zealand-born tenor who won the first prize at this year's Kurt Weill-Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers, founded and sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. Mr. Rodgers is currently a graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Mr. Rodgers' program at the HMC Dinner event will include "Mack the Knife" from "The Threepenny Opera," by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, and selections from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story."
Maya Rand will accompany Nadia Weinberg, and metro Detroit pianist Martin Mandelbaum will accompany James Benjamin Rodgers.
James Benjamin Rodgers Tenor - Biography, 12 Jan 2015 [cached]
James Benjamin Rodgers
A native of New Zealand, James Benjamin Rodgers has appeared with The Ravinia Festival, The Merola Opera Program, Toledo Opera, Opera Omaha, The Southern Sinfonia, The Little Orchestra Society of New York, The Orpheus Choir, Trinity Wall Street, The Banff Centre, The Mac-Haydn Theatre, The NBR New Zealand Opera, The Opera Company of Middlebury, Red Light New Music and The Paul Dresher Ensemble.
James and Jillian hope to bring the program to the United States in the coming seasons. James also appeared in the premiere performance of Matthew Welch's opera Borges and the Other at Roulette in Brooklyn, and took the role of Tommy Albright in the Mac-Haydn Theatre's production of Brigadoon.
2013 sees James make his European debut with the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig performing Weill's Four Songs of Walt Whitman.
James then travels to New Zealand to take the role of Goro in NBR New Zealand Opera's new production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. The summer of 2013 sees him return to the Mac-Haydn theatre where he will take the role of Jean Valjean in their production of Les Misèrables.
James has performed numerous roles in both Opera and Musical Theatre. He is a passionate advocate of the art song repertoire and a champion of new music. His awards include: An Arts Excellence Award from the Malvina Major Foundation (2010), Winner of the Joy in Singing Competition (2008), Winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition (2007), Wellington Rotary Scholarship, Marie D'Albini Scholarship, Bell Gully Travel Award, Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship in Music, as well as grants from the Lankhuyzen/Whetu Kairangi Masonic Trust, The Kurt Weill Foundation, Merola Opera and the Malvina Major Foundation.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, James was the Orvis Foundation Scholar and received the Janet D. Schenck Award for his distinguished contribution to the life of the school. He has studied voice with Dr. Robert White, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Neil Rosenshein and Emily Mair.
James recently completed his debut recording with renowned pianist Kenneth Merrill.
James resides in New York City.
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James Benjamin ..., 30 May 2012 [cached]
James Benjamin Rodgers
James is delighted to be joining Opera Omaha for their production of La Traviata in October. He will take the role of Gastone, a role which he enjoyed greatly when he performed it with Toledo Opera last season.
March 24th, 2012
On March 27th, James will perform as part of a special event hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The event previews a new network series: Titanic marking the 100th anniversary of the ship's disaster. The evening will be held at the Jane Hotel, in the same room where many of the Titanic's survivors undertook an emotional memorial service shortly after their arrival in New York. James will sing the moving hymn "Nearer My God to Thee".
Lotte Lenya Competition-Updates on Past Winners, 20 April 2008 [cached]
James Rodgers
New Zealand-born tenor James Benjamin Rodgers is currently in the Professional Studies Program at the Manhattan School of Music where he is the Orvis Foundation Scholar and studies with Neil Rosenshein.He completed his M.M. at that school in 2007.He holds a B.Mus (1st class Hons) from the Victoria University of Wellington where he was in the studio of Emily Mair.James has been a member of the Manhattan School Opera Studio and the American Musical Theatre Ensemble with whom he sang the role of the Baker in Into the Woods.This year he is singing the roles of Nemorino, L'elisir d'amore and Ferrando, Così fan tutte in the Opera Scenes Program.He has also been invited to appear in master classes with internationally renowned baritone Thomas Hampson and Tony Award winner Victoria Clark.
James' operatic roles include: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo; Pluto in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld; Gherardo, Gianni Schicchi.
James has received numerous awards including: Marie D'Albini Scholarship, Bell Gully Travel Award, Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship in Music, the Lankhuyzen/Whetu Kairangi Masonic Trust grant, Moyra Todd Scholarship.He was the winner of the Napier Computer Systems Aria 2004, the PACANZ Vocal Young Performer of the Year Award 2002 and the Wellington Newspapers Ltd.Aria Contest 2002.In 2006 he sang a master class with Barbara Cook at Lincoln Center.In 2007, James was invited by the Marilyn Horne Foundation to sing in a master class with Evelyn Lear at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
James Benjamin Rodgers, a ..., 23 April 2007 [cached]
James Benjamin Rodgers, a 26-year-old graduate student at Manhattan School of Music, edged out 13 other international finalists for the $7,500 first prize.
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