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James Platt



British bass James Platt joins The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the start of the 2014/15 Season.

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, and 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 makes 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 many leading conductors including Cummings, Colin Davis, Andrew Davis, Elder, Gergiev, Mackerras and McCreesh.

Upcoming productions

  • Meet the Young Artists Week: Performance

    Cast as Blansac

    The Jette Parker Young Artists present a fully staged performance in the Linbury Studio Theatre, in one of the most popular highlights of Meet the Young Artists Week.

  • Un ballo in maschera

    Cast as Tom

    Katharina Thoma directs a new production of Verdi's tragedy of illicit love, loyalty and betrayal.

  • Die Zauberflöte

    Cast as Second Man in Armour

    Comedy and philosophy unite in Mozart’s glorious The Magic Flute, brought enchantingly to life by David McVicar.

  • La traviata

    Cast as Doctor Grenvil

    Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.

News and features

  1. Five new singers to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2014

    Five new singers to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2014

    Programme offers tailored coaching and instruction for promising singers at the start of their career.