James Roser, baritone

JAMES ROSER
BARITONE
PERFORMANCES:
OPERA:
COMPOSER ROLE WORK COMPANY
Bizet Escamillo Carmen Staatstheater Cottbus,
Frankfurt-Oder, Theater Brandenburg
Britten Owen Wingrave Owen Wingrave Opera Workshop
Giordano Il Maestro di casa Andrea Chenier Wiener Staatsoper*
Humperdinck Peter Hänsel und Gretel Pacific Opera
Massenet Johann Werther Wiener Staatsoper*
Menotti Mr.Gobineau The Medium Opera Workshop
Melchior Amahl and the Night Visitors IB Opera
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Opera Hunter
Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte West Sussex Opera
Il Conte Le Nozze di Figaro Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
Antonio Le Nozze di Figaro Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
Papageno Magic Flute Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Puccini Commissario Imperiale Madama Butterfly Wiener Staatsoper*
Strauss Zweiter Lakai Der Rosenkavalier Opera Australia
Verdi Rigoletto Rigoletto Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Wagner Gunther Götterdämmerung Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Beckmesser Meistersinger Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Der Feenkönig Die Feen (Kinderoper) Wiener Staatsoper*
Harald Die Feen (Kinderoper) Wiener Staatsoper*

* Stipendiat of the Wiener Staatsoper by receipt of the Vienna State Opera Award 2012.

FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS
 Pizarro, Don Fernando (cover), Fidelio, Wagner (Tiroler Festspiele Erl, December 2014)
 Schwanengesang, Schubert (Gesellschaft für Musiktheater Wien, February 2015)
 Gunther, Götterdämmerung, Wagner (Tiroler Festspiele, July/August ’15, Shanghai Oct ‘15)
 Nachtigall, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (TFE, July ’15, Shanghai Oct ‘15)
 Der Steuermann, Tristan und Isolde, Wagner (Tiroler Festspiele Erl July ‘15, Peking Oct ’15)
 Beckmesser, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (TFE, July ’15, Shanghai Oct ‘15)
 Wotan (cover), Das Rheingold, Wagner (Tiroler Festspiele Erl, July/August 2015)
 Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Mozart (Tiroler Festspiele Erl, July/August 2016)

OPERATIC ROLES LEARNT:
COMPOSER ROLE WORK (COVER)
Beethoven Pizarro Fidelio (Tiroler Festspiele 2015)
Don Fernando Fidelio (Tiroler Festspiele 2015)
Donzietti Belcore L’Elisir d’amore
Gounod Valentine Faust
Leoncavallo Silvio I Pagliacci
Puccini Angelottti Tosca (Tiroler Festspiele 2013)
Verdi Conte di Luna Il Trovatore (Tiroler Festspiele 2013)
Giorgio Germont La Traviata (Tiroler Festspiele 2013)
Wagner Donner Das Rheingold
Wotan Das Rheingold (Tiroler Festspiele 2014)
Gunther Götterdämmerung (Tiroler Festspiele 2015)
Beckmesser Meistersinger (Tiroler Festspiele 2015)
OPERATIC ROLES IN PREPARATION
COMPOSER ROLE WORK
Britten Billy Budd Billy Budd
Puccini Marcello La Boheme
Sharpless Madama Butterfly
Rossini Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Verdi Posa Don Carlo
Wagner Meister Ortel Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wolfram Tannhäuser
Der Steuermann Tristan und Isolde

 OPERETTA/MUSICAL THEATRE:

COMPOSER ROLE WORK COMPANY
Rogers & Hammerstein Curly Oklahoma! Rainhill Music Festival

 ORATORIO:
Cantata No.4 – (Easter) (J.S.Bach), Laudate Dominum (Corrette), Requiem (Faure), Messiah (Handel), Requiem (J.M.Haydn), Great Mass in C minor (Mozart), Oratorio de Noel (Saint-Saens), Dixit Dominus (Vivaldi)

 SONG CYCLES:
An die ferne Geliebte (Beethoven), Vier ernste Gesänge (Brahms), L’Horizon Chimériqu (Fauré), Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Rückert Lieder (Mahler), Winterreise, Die schöne Müllerin (Schubert), Dichterliebe (Schumann), Songs of Travel (Vaughan Williams)

JAMES ROSER
BARITONE

EDUCATION
 Licentiate Diploma in Music (Singing), Associate Diploma in Music (Singing) (Australian Music Examinations Board, 2003)
 Zertifikat Deutsch (B1) – Telc
 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme: Schubert Lieder, 2013
 Crear Masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, 2013
 Stipendiat of the Wiener Staatsoper 2012
 Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse 2012
 Franz Schubert Institut: Poetry and Performance Lieder Kurs 2011
 Lyric Opera Studio Weimar 2011
 Pacific Opera Young Artist 2009-2010
 Lieder masterclasses and/or coachings with: Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Robert Holl, Elly Ameling, Christoph Prégardien, Barbara Bonney, David Lutz, Rudolph Jansen, Wolfgang Holzmair, Richard Stokes, Irwin Gage, Michael Dussek.

RADIO/TV RECORDINGS/BROADCASTS
 Servus TV:
‘Rigoletto: Rigoletto’, ‘Kultur mit Holender: wie eine Oper entsteht: Rigoletto’: Role: Rigoletto.
 ABC Classic FM:
‘Dixit Dominus’ (Vivaldi) and ‘Laudate Dominum’ (Corrette) – Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (2011); ‘Dichterliebe’ and ‘Schwanengesang’ (Heine texts) (2012); ‘Rising Stars Broadcast – James Roser’ (2010); ‘Richard Bonynge 80th Birthday Concert’ (2010); ‘Mietta Song Recital Award Final and Semi-Final’ (2010)
 2MBSFM:
‘McDonald’s Operatic Aria Semi-Final’ (2009, 2010); ‘Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Vocal Scholarship Final (Guest Artist)’ (2009); ‘Pacific Opera in Concert’ (2008, 2009); ‘Young Performer Award Final and Semi-Final Recital’ (2008); ‘2MBS-FM Open Day Concert’ (2007); ‘Emerging Young Artists Series’ (2007)

MAJOR COMPETITION ACHIEVEMENTS
 Winner:
Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Award 2012
Vienna State Opera Award (2011/2012)
Mietta Song Recital Award (also recipient of ABC Classic FM Recording Prize, Tait
Memorial Trust Prize and O’Donnell Family Prize) (2010)
Sheila Prior Study Grant (2010)
Sydney de Vries Baritone/Bass Award (2007, 2010)
Bram Walker Vocal Championship Award (2006)
Werner Baer MBE Prize (2006)

 Finalist:
McDonald’s Operatic Aria, Lady Fairfax New York Study Award (2009, 2010), Herald Sun Aria, Audi German Opera Award, Rockend National Opera Studio Award, 2MBS-FM Young Performer’s Award (2008), City of Sydney Opera Awards (2008, 2010 (2nd)), National Operatic Aria (2006, 2009 (3rd)).

JAMES ROSER
BARITONE
REVIEWS

 Rigoletto, Rigoletto, Verdi, Tiroler Festspiele Erl, 5.July 2013.
 ‘With James Roser in the title role, Kuhn has found the ideal casting…James Roser is the epitome of Rigoletto…In every case James Roser gave clear outlines to the character, but – as limping and hunchbacked Rigoletto – not only strong in acting, but even more in his voice – just fascinating! James Roser managed the role with brilliance.’ (Moni Brüggeller, Die Kronen Zeitung, 2013)
 ‘Wonderful the interaction of the ensemble, James Roser as the tragic title-hero is convincing in every respect.’ (Jörn Florian Fuchs, Deutschlandfunk, 2013)
 ‘James Roser in the title role – an excellent decision – was shaping the character of the deformed court jester thriftily and with subtlety, whether in his thirst for vengeance or in his vulnerability.’ (Ursula Strohal – Tiroler Tageszeitung, 2013)
 ‘…in Rigoletto, whose broken soul James Roser makes you hear. (Markus Thiel, OVB-online, 2013)
 ‘A soft singing George Clooney with a limp: James Roser in the title role appeared harmless at the beginning but then became more and more powerful.’ (Stefan Ender, Der Standard, 2013)
 ‘A fine intuition Kuhn was showing in the selection of the soloists: the Australian baritone James Roser shows an outstanding, brilliant Rigoletto, who in Kuhn’s production is still marked with a hunchback and is allowed to limp around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. (Kurier, 2013)

 Winterreise, Franz Schubert, Centre Culturel Caraquet, Caraquet, Canada
 ‘Roser and Gionet succeeded brilliantly in conquering these subtleties and to present to us as moving a winter journey as wished and almost without faults. The Australian baritone impressed with his strong voice and his sincere embodiment of this man who travels through the tempest, carrying in him a terrible sorrow of love and a pain of life that only some fleeting memories manage to restore for a few seconds (or some steps) in all, a tiny semblance of inner peace. The timbre of the voice is expressive, of a beautiful round velvet and carries in it the finesse of a Dieskau and the power of a Hotter, who furthermore both recorded with success the Winterreise of Schubert over the last fifty years. The international calibre of this baritone, who among others has already sung at the prestigious Vienna State Opera, merits other grand stages’ (Martin Roy, Acadien Nouvelle, 2013)
 Winterreise, Franz Schubert, Haus der Kunst, Baden-bei-Wien, Austria
 ‘So much enthusiasm is not experienced every day in the Haus der Kunst: the small hall shook with applause and bravos of the uniformly dazzled Schubert audience….In keeping with the gloomy weather, pure melancholy, but of a truly exquisite quality. The captivating, precise articulation of Roser (he is Australian), refraining from any “dramatising” body movements and facial expressions, allowed for a focus upon his powerful, expressive voice….The duo interpreted it from the first to the last song in perfect harmony….The baritone Roser demonstrated impressively how perfect he learned the German songs (he sang the entire text by heart completely and without any accent).’ (Heinrich Fragner, Badener Zeitung, 2012)

 Mietta Song Recital Award 2010
 ‘It was Roser’s “satisfying and complete performance of Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer that gave him the edge over the other finalists. “He was very convincing and inhabited the songs, which are not easy,” [Lisa] Gasteen said. “It was a performance with integrity”’ (Rosemary Sorensen, The Australian, 2010)
 ‘Roser was immaculate and assured in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer): I would like to hear him in Schubert’s Die Winterreise before too long.’ (Michael Smith, The Age, 2010)

 Peter Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck, Pacific Opera, Sydney
 ‘The best singing came from James Roser as the Father; his rich baritone combined with detailed acting made his the best-polished performance of the night.’ (Paulo Montoya, North Shore Times, 2010)

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