James is a British-Polish tenor and recent graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's PGDip Music Performance course, where he studied with Adrian Thompson and coaches Cameron Burns & Angela Livingstone. His studies were generously supported by the McAlpine Educational Endowments, Split Infinitive Trust, and Angus Allnatt Foundation. Previously James read Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and completed his Masters in Historical Musicology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He continues to study privately with David Barrell.
James made his international debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte in 2016 with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra at the Birgitta Festival, Tallinn. Other operatic highlights include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Bardolfo Falstaff (Black Cat Opera Company), The Teapot and The Little Old Man L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Bute Park Opera), Remendado Carmen (Opera Up Close), Pluto in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera'r Ddraig), and Tenor Soloist / Stage Director in the Armonico Consort's touring production of Too Hot To Handel (Buxton Festival, Malvern Theatres). He created the role of Back-to-Front Policeman in Laura Bowler's The Sandman (Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival), and has performed excerpts from the roles of Tamino, Ferrando, Lysander, Basilio, Macheath, Lurcanio, and Jaquino for RWCMD Opera Scenes. James has also sung Chorus for productions with Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, and Bury Court Opera, among others. As a treble, James sang the role of the Shepherd Boy Tosca alongside Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu for two seasons at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He subsequently recorded the role for EMI (under Antonio Pappano) and also appears in the DVD film version of the opera, directed by Benoît Jacquot.
Highlights on the concert platform include Haydn Creation, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Handel Messiah, Purcell Hail! Bright Cecilia, and Charpentier Te Deum. An accomplished and experienced choral singer, James also sings regularly with some of London's finest church and cathedral choirs, and has recently appeared with such consort groups as Sonoro and Musica Beata.
In 2014, James made his operatic conducting debut with Bute Park Opera in productions of Vaughan Williams' Riders To The Sea (in a reduced orchestration version of his own arrangement) and Lennox Berkeley's A Dinner Engagement. He is currently studying for a PhD on the music of George Enescu at Royal Holloway, University of London, alongside a position assisting the director of the Institute of Musical Research.