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London-based tenor, James Micklethwaite, graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2021 with a Distinction in his Master of Performance. He studies singing under Russell Smythe, and is in demand as both a soloist, operatic and ensemble singer.

Originally from Leeds, James fell in love with singing when, as a child, he performed in a number of productions with Opera North, including as Miles in their 2010 production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw for which he received high critical acclaim in the National Press. Whilst studying for a degree in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, James was a member of The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, with whom he toured extensively in Europe, the US and Australia, and gave solo performances in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Concertgebouw and the Sydney Opera House. After completing his Philosophy degree, James dedicated himself to studying singing full-time when he took up a scholarship to study for a Master's in Vocal Studies at the Royal College of Music.

More recent highlights include covering the role of Gastone in The Dead City for English National Opera and performing the roles of Slender and Fenton (Cover) in Sir John in Love for British Youth Opera at Opera Holland Park. James joined Le concert d’Astrée/ Opéra de Lille for their production of Semele. He also performed with Grange Park Opera in their productions of Tristan, Tosca, Otello, La Gioconda, The Excursions of Mr Broucek and Der fliegende Holländer. This summer, James covered the role of Remendado in Carmen at Waterperry Opera Festival. Other operatic roles include Satyavän in Sävitri (Cambridge University Opera Society); Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro (Cambridge University Opera Society); Sailor in Dido and Aeneas (Hurn Court Opera, Eboracum Baroque); Damon in Acis and Galatea (Eboracum Baroque); Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Asteria) and Oronte in Alcina (Saluzzo Opera Academy).

Recent concert engagements include Bach’s B Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Acis and Galatea and Samson. In November, James is excited to appear as tenor soloist for The Really Big Chorus's Messiah From Scratch in the Royal Albert Hall. 


James also performs, records and tours regularly with ensembles such as Archangelo, London Voices, The Carice Singers, The Netherlands Radio Choir, Hexad, Echo, Corvus Consort, Ensemble Pro Victoria, Eboracum Baroque and Recordare. 




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