Welcome

I am an aspiring operatic bass-baritone from Katy, Texas. My passion for singing developed initially from the joy of learning and performing choral literature in high school. At the beginning of my senior year, I knew that singing was the one thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. The idea of making a living exclusively by singing choral music did not appeal to me, so I turned my focus to opera and began applying to Universities for a Bachelors in Music for Vocal Performance.

I auditioned and was accepted into Southern Methodist University where I currently study voice with Virginia Dupuy. In the time that I have been at SMU, I have immersed myself in opera. I love it because it is such a complete and collaborative art form. It brings so many people from different backgrounds together to create art that utilizes many, if not all aspects of the arts. It is such a privilege to be able to create and share such beautiful art with so many talented and wonderful people.

The more I study, perform, and familiarize myself with opera, the more my passion for it grows. Singing is not just a hobby for me, but a necessity to nurture and preserve my soul. I believe that God gave me the talents I possess so that I might grow and establish a connection with others through my work. For that reason, it is my responsibility and joy to cultivate and share that talent.

-James

P.S. Please take a moment to listen to my recent world premiere of a mini opera called The Lingerer and check out my most recent posts about my experiences at Opera in the Ozarks and the Texoma NATS Regional Competition. Thank you.