James Atkinson

British baritone James Atkinson is in his second year at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio, studying with Alison Wells. He is a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar supported by the Stephen Catto Memorial Scholarship, a Sybil Tutton Opera Award, the Drake Calleja Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

With the RCM Opera Studio, James has sung the roles of Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Buonafede (Il mondo della luna), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Le Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias) and Blazes (The Lighthouse) and was due to perform Ramiro (L’heure espagnole) in March 2020. Other roles include Lysander (The Enchanted Island) with British Youth Opera, Papageno with Hurn Court Opera, and cover Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with English Touring Opera.

James has made multiple appearances at the Oxford Lieder Festival: in a 2017 showcase recital, and as part of the lecture-recitals with Dr Natasha Loges, ‘Clara Schumann:Rethinking the Myth’ in 2019 and ‘Brahms’s Circle and the Musical Past’ in 2020. The most recent recital was streamed worldwide, and an extract featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Other performances include the Fauré Requiem (with the RCM Symphony Orchestra under Jac van Steen) and recitals of English song at The Red House, Aldeburgh and 22 Mansfield Street.

James won first prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2018, first prize and the Audience Prize at the Somerset Song Prize 2019, the Schubert Prize at the Mozart Competition 2019, and was a semi-finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2019.