New Zealand-born tenor James Benjamin Rodgers
is currently in the Professional Studies Program at the Manhattan School of Music
is the Orvis Foundation Scholar and studies with Neil Rosenshein.He
M.M. at that school in 2007.He
holds a B.Mus (1st class Hons) from the Victoria University of Wellington
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.
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.