James Chamberlain is an up and coming dramatic tenor. Most recently he performed the role of Canio from I pagliacci with Opera Ithaca. He has sung such roles as Roberto in Puccini's first opera Le Villi with Bel Cantanti Opera, Cavaradossi with Loft Opera, Canio with Opera in the Heights, Pollione with St Petersburg Opera and Don Jose with Kingwood Summer Opera. He has performed both Turridu and Canio in a night of Cavallaria Rusticana and I pagliacci. He has sung principle roles with Houston Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Wichita Grand Opera. James' orchestral works include the Tenor solo in Beethoven’s 9th symphony and Pilate in Bob Chilcott's St John's Passion, where he worked first hand with the composer.
James spend three summers attending the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices where he studied with opera legend Dolora Zajick. He was twice an Emerging Artist with St Petersburg Opera. He also spent a season as a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera. James attended Penn State University, where he studied as a baritone. He sang roles such as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Rigoletto in Milton Granger's Talk Opera, Doctor Gregg in Douglas Moore's Gallantry, and King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He also performed in two children's opera by Seymour Barab, Chanticleer as the Fox, and Little Red Riding Hood as the Wolf. His final role as a baritone was Peter in Hansel and Gretel.
“It was both splendidly acted and expertly sung.”
Peter Bates; Stylus Review Magazine
“James Chamberlain had a tenor so strong that you understood why it could knock a nice Druid girl right out of her gown.”
David Warner; Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
"His wrenching final aria to Nedda was heartbreakingly tender; his gruff stage presence paying off handsomely as the big lug begs her to reconsider”
D. L. Groover; Houston Press
"[James Chamberlain] nailed it with clean tone and a bright, heroic sound that made the cinder block walls ring. And "E lucevan le stelle"... was sung with a warmth and honesty that are necessary in this most passionate of arias."
Paul J. Pelkonen; Superconductor
“James Chamberlain sang the role of Cavaradossi with passion and brilliance… his voice is one that deserves to be heard; he was most eloquent and moving in Act III’s E lucevan le stelle.”
Arlo McKinnon; Opera News