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Background Information

Employment History

Tenor

First Presbyterian Church

Gastone In La Traviata

Toledo Opera

Graduate Student

Manhattan School of Music

Affiliations

Member
American Musical Theatre Ensemble

Member
Manhattan School Opera Studio

Education

Manhattan School of Music

Web References (19 Total References)


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James Benjamin Rodgers

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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.
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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.
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2013 sees James make his European debut with the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig performing Weill's Four Songs of Walt Whitman.
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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.
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James resides in New York City.
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James Benjamin Rodgers Tenor - Biography

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James Benjamin Rodgers

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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.
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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.
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2013 sees James make his European debut with the MDR Sinfonieorchester in Leipzig performing Weill's Four Songs of Walt Whitman.
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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.
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James resides in New York City.
All Rights Reserved © James Benjamin Rodgers. 2008


Toledo Opera presents La traviata, April 1, 2011

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James Benjamin Rodgers, tenor (Gastone, Visconte di Letorières)

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Winner of the 2008 Joy in Singing Competition, and the 2007 Lotte Lenya Competition, James Benjamin Rodgers completed the Professional Studies Program at the Manhattan School of Music in May of 2008. In the summer of 2008, James attended the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco where he performed the title role in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. Following that program, James was invited to return to San Francisco in March of 2009 to perform a recital for the Schwabacher Recital Series.


Lotte Lenya Competition-Updates on Past Winners

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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.
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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.


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James Benjamin Rodgers - Tenor
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James directs one of Mozart's most popular pieces with a wonderful double cast of students from the Manhattan School of Music.
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James Rodgers, Director
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James joins the First Presbyterian Church of New York for a recording of Choral music in commemoration of their 300th year.
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Goro - James Benjamin Rodgers
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