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
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
will take the role of Jean Valjean in their production of Les Misèrables.
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.
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.
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.
resides in New York City.
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