They are as brilliant as they are erratic
-the GM of my bar
James M. Brown, a Maine native and artist known for diverse repertoire, has been seen exploring new perspectives within traditional artforms. From portraying “a well controlled cold menace” (L’Opera Magazine) or having a “pleasingly warm, and powerful tone” (Portland Press Herald), James has had the pleasure of spending this past season making his company debut with Bootless Stageworks as the title role in Grindr: The Opera, Amahl & the Night Visitors with Music on Site Inc., and returning to The Oratorio Society of Richmond as Joachim in Handel’s Susanna. During the tumultuous closures due to COVID-19 he has found himself in Barn Opera’s Social Distance Opera initiative as Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the first countertenor to perform Leporello (Don Giovanni), narrating and performing the role of the Sandman in Bel Cantanti Opera’s video production of Hansel & Gretel, and recording Pepin in Joshua Scheid’s new opera The Desert.
Excited by the creation of new music and the performance of contemporary stories, James has been seen in the North American Premiere of East O’ the Sun, West O’ the Moon by rising opera composer James Garner as The Troll Princess. Working with the Rose Festival of Montreal, James has presented a staged collaboration of Britten’s Winter Words and Charm of Lullabies as the festival's first classical music project. In concert, they joined composer and conductor Nisan Ak in her premiere of Singing Bindings based on the Gregorian chants found as book bindings by the Smithsonian Libraries. They also had the pleasure of performing Peter Dayton’s The Need of Comrades: A Gay Cantata based on the text of Calamus by Walt Whitman this past season.
James M. Brown holds degrees in Voice Performance & Opera Studies from McGill University and the University of Southern Maine.