British bass James Platt was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden from 2014-2016.
Engagements in James’ 2023/24 season include Verdi’s Requiem with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.13 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Ryan Bancroft, Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera/Tomáš Hanus and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Philharmonia Orchestra/Daniel Hyde and Die Jahreszeiten with the Tapiola Sinfonietta/Matthew Halls. On the opera stage he sings Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) in his debut for the Opéra de Lille and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) in a return to the Glyndebourne Festival.
Recent highlights have included Sarastro and Il Re (Aida) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Bottom in new productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and the Grange Festival; Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Crespel (Les contes d’Hoffmann) and Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Sarastro, Il Commendatore and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) for the Welsh National Opera; Ortel (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Teatro alla Scala, Milan; First Soldier (Salome) and Cuno (Der Freischütz) for the Dutch National Opera; Il Commendatore for Opera North; Gremin (Eugene Onegin) for Scottish Opera and Notary (Don Pasquale) at the Glyndebourne Festival.
His concert appearances include Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Edward Gardner at the BBC Proms, Zacharie in Meyerbeer’s La Prophète with the LSO/Sir Mark Elder at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Hunding in concert performances of Die Walküre with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland/Hartmut Haenchen, Il Re in a European tour of Ariodante and Bach’s Weihnachts-oratorium with Les Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski, Shostakovich’s Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin with the Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia/Lars Vogt, Handel’s Messiah with the Hallé/Christian Curnyn, Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre National de Lyon/Leonard Slatkin, Dvořák’s Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jiří Bělohlávek, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the BBC Proms with the BBC Singers/David Hill and Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko.