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James Laing



James Laing in action.
James Laing in L'Ormindo, The Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe © Stephen Cummiskey

British countertenor James Laing made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Fourth Innocent (The Minotaur), returning to sing Love/Nerillus (L’Ormindo) for The Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe. Other work at the Royal Opera House includes creating the role of Hamlet (The Firework-Maker’s Daughter) for The Opera Group on tour and in the Linbury Studio Theatre. In the 2018/19 Season he sings Demetrio (Berenice) for The Royal Opera.

Laing grew up in a musical family and sang in the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, furthering his studies at the Royal College of Music. Opera appearances include Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Zelim (La verità in cimento) for Garsington Opera, Giuliano (Eliogabalo) for Grange Park Opera, Oberon, Coachman/Fox (The Adventures of Pinocchio), Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare) and Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) for Opera North, Refugee (Flight) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park and Scottish Opera, Medoro (Orlando) for Welsh National Opera and Armindo (Partenope) and Terry (Marnie) for English National Opera. International engagements have included Peter in Bjarnason’s Brødre (Den Jyske Opera, Icelandic Opera), Apollo (Death in Venice) for Landestheater Linz and Opéra de Nice, Nireno (Giulio Cesare) for Semperoper Dresden and Tirinto (Imeneo) at the Handel Festival, Göttingen.

Laing performs in concert throughout Europe, the UK and the USA with leading orchestras and period ensembles, including the Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort, Hallé, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Les Arts Florissants and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Recordings include The Adventures of Pinocchio for Opus Arte DVD and Tobias and the Angel for Chandos.