James Roser


Management: Australasia

Web-site: http://www.jamesroser.com


Parsifal, Victorian Opera, Palais Theatre, Melbourne
“As Amfortas, James Roser was outstanding, working the text compellingly in his guilt, suffering and desperation for atonement.”
Paul Selar, Herald Sun, February 2019

 “James Roser’s baritone aches with believable pain and passion as the wounded king…”

Bridget Davies, The Age, February 2019


Die Zauberflöte,  Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Austria
“…From the onset, James Roser as Papageno was the favourite of the audience.  Vocally terrific, he has the necessary performing humour.”
Moni Brüggeller, Die Kronen Zeitung,  2016


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Austria
“…In the role of Beckmesser, James Roser gave an excellent performance.  His portrayal of this very malignant character was just thrilling and very convincing.  His performance was surely one of the best of the evening”.

Daniel Url, The Operatic Musicologist, 2015


“Thrillingly portrayed was the Beckmesser of James Roser.”
Ursula Strohal, Tiroler Tageszeitung, 2015


Rigoletto, Tiroler Festspiele, Erl, Austria
“With James Roser in the title role, Kuhn has found the ideal casting…James Roser is the epitome of Rigoletto…Roser gave clear outlines to the character…not only strong in acting, but even more in his voice – just fascinating!.  James Roser managed the role with brilliance.”
Moni Brüggeller, Die Kronen Zeitung,  2013


Winterreise, Centre Culturel Caraquet, Caraquet, Canada
“…The Australian baritone impressed with his strong voice …The timbre of the voice is expressive, of a beautiful round velvet.  The international calibre of this baritone, who among others has already sung at the prestigious Vienna State Opera, merits other grand stages”.
Martin Roy, Acadien Nouvelle, 2013

Baritone James Roser initially began a career as an environmental scientist, having completed a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) at the University of NSW, before beginning his musical studies. He was the recipient of a number of major singing awards in Australia, including the Mietta Song Recital Award, Vienna State Opera Award and Britten-Pears Young Artist Award. Operatic roles he has performed include Rigoletto, Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Amfortas (Parsifal), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Wotan (Das Rheingold), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Don Giovanni, Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Escamillo (Carmen), Wiedhopf (Die Vögel), Owen Wingrave, Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Johann (Werther), Schaunard (La Boheme), Der Feenkönig and Harald (Die Feen). He has performed with the Wiener Staatsoper, Staatstheater Cottbus, Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Victorian Opera and Opera Australia and in 2012 made his musical theatre debut singing the role of ‘Curly’ in Oklahoma! at the Rainhill Music Festival.


2022 sees very welcome returns to Australia for James to perform the roles of Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) with State Opera South Australia (a company debut) and Don Pizzaro (Fidelio) with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (another company debut) under the baton of Chief Conductor, Simone Young.


James’ most recent performances in Australia were as Amfortas in Victorian Opera’s 2019 production of Parsifal. He was to return to Australia in 2020 to make his role debut as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde for Opera Queensland under the baton of Pietari Inkinen, however the performances were postponed due to the COVID outbreak. Likewise, a number of James’ recently scheduled performances in Europe had to be cancelled for the same reason, including another Wagner debut in Holland, where he was scheduled to have performed Friedrich in Das Liebesverbot.


In 2013 James performed the role of Rigoletto in the Austrian television series: ‘Kultur mit Holender: Wie eine Oper entsteht’ in collaboration with the Tiroler Festspiele Erl and Servus TV; he also appeared as Rigoletto in a broadcast of the opera on Servus TV. In 2019 he appeared in the role of Wiedhopf in Walter Braunfel’s Die Vögel, conducted by Lothar Zagrosek, which was televised on ORF. James performs regularly in recital throughout Europe and has performed for Oxford Lieder Festival, Franz Schubert Institut, Gesellschaft für Musiktheater Wien, Beethovenhaus Wien, Artsong NSW, Chamber Music Australia, Rainhill Music Festival and Aldeburgh Music Festival, has appeared as a soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and has often been broadcast in Australia on 2MBS-FM, 3MBS-FM and ABC Classic FM and on ORF and Servus TV in Austria. In concert, he has been a soloist in Corrette’s Laudate Dominum, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, J.M.Haydn’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noel, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, Schubert’s Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, a number of J.S.Bach Cantatas and St.Matthäus Passion. James is especially passionate about the performance of art song and Lieder, particularly the cycles of Schubert and Schumann, which he has performed in many countries to date.


James Roser is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au 
February 2022
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