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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

James Way Tenor

Recipient of Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship 2017

Born in Sussex, tenor James Way was winner of 2nd Prize in the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall in 2017. 

He was awarded the 2016 Simon Sandbach Award from Garsington Opera, the ‘most promising singer’ award at the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition, an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship, and is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist.

James has also been awarded the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Rising Stars prize for the 2017-2018 season, and will perform regularly with the orchestra as soloist in programmes including the role of Jupiter in Handel’s Semele under Christophe Roussett, Haydn The Creation under Adam Fischer and various Bach Cantatas as part of the OAE’s ‘Bach, the Universe and Everything’ series at Kings Place, London.

Opera credits include his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša in the role of the Holy Fool (Boris Godunov) at the Royal Festival Hall; the Ballad Singer (Owen Wingrave) for the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals (conducted by Mark Wigglesworth), and several roles at Garsington Opera including 'Davy' in Roxanna Panufnik’s new opera Silver Birch (conducted by Douglas Boyd).

Other future highlights include performances and recordings of Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort and Players; and the role of Sellem in The Rake’s Progress, conducted by Barbara Hannigan. He also joins the young artist programme of Les Arts Florissants, ‘Le Jardin des Voix’ and will tour internationally with them as a soloist. James continues his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Susan Waters.

This biography was published in October 2017.