Praised by The Arts Desk for his ‘flawless, stand-out’ performances on opera, concert and theatre stages around the world, countertenor James Hall enjoys great success in baroque and contemporary repertoire, and regularly appears with some of the world’s leading ensembles and opera companies.
This season James Hall takes on the title role of Tamerlano for the Theater Bielefeld and Hamor in Handel’s Jeptha in Bregenz, and sings in numerous concerts with Collegium Vocale Ghent. Last season saw his first appearance with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and debuts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as the Venice Biennale as the Boy in Written on Skin. In the UK he sang Goffredo in Glyndebourne on Tour’s Rinaldo, and a concert with Sir George Benjamin to mark the composer’s 60th birthday at the Royal Festival Hall.
James Hall made his Glyndebourne Festival debut in Rinaldo, and his house and role debut at the Opéra National de Montpellier as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other accolades in recent seasons include a tour of Purcell and Blow duets with countertenor Iestyn Davies at Wigmore Hall and the Palace of Versailles, Guildenstern in Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour, Narciso for Grange Festival’s production of Agrippina, and the role of Farinelli alongside Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance in the Olivier and Tony Award nominated play Farinelli and the King at the Belasco Theater on Broadway, New York City.
He has created the roles of Leon in Laurence Osborn’s The Mother with director Frederic Wake-Walker and Mahogany Opera Group, Nathaniel in Na’ama Zisser’s Black Sand for Tete-a-Tete and Grimeborn Festivals, and Johan in the world premiere of David Bruce’s Nothing for Glyndebourne. On the concert platform, Hall joined The English Concert and Harry Bicket at Wigmore Hall for Bach Advent Cantatas, as well as their performance of Rinaldo at Carnegie Hall, where he made his debut in L’Orfeo with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He sang Adalberto in Ottone with George Petrou and Il Pomo d’Oro at Festival de Beaune, soloist in Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica for Silbersee and Asko|Schönberg, and Zephyrus in Apollo et Hyacinthus with Ian Page and Classical Opera. He joined the Early Opera Company for their performances of Giulio Cesare, and sang Mozart Requiem with Masaaki Suzuki and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Bach St John Passion with Harry Bicket and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
James Hall studied at the Royal College of Music, and was the recipient of the Sir Geraint Evans Prize in 2009 and 2010, and the inaugural Somerset Song Prize in 2013.