British bass James Platt was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2014–16, during which time his roles included Prince Gremin and Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Second Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte), Doctor Grenvil (La traviata), Frontier Guard (Boris Godunov), Blansac (La scala di seta, Meet the Young Artists Week) and Charon (Orfeo) at the Roundhouse.
Platt studied at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He currently learns with Janice Chapman, and has also studied with Brindley Sherratt and John Tomlinson. Platt was a finalist in the GSMD’s Gold Medal Competition and was awarded the Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He is also the recipient of a Samling scholarship, a Richard Van Allan Award and an Independent Opera Scholarship. In 2013 he was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival, where he sang Notary (Don Pasquale) and covered the role of Mr Flint (Billy Budd). In summer 2014 he made his debut with Welsh National Opera as High Priest of Baal (Nabucco).
Platt has appeared in concert in Glyndebourne’s Ebert Room Recital Series and the Brighton Festival, and in venues including the Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Christ Church Spitalfields and the Barbican. He has sung with such leading conductors as Laurence Cummings, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Charles Mackerras and Paul McCreesh.