Welcome

On this website, you will find updates about my current engagements in the pursuit of a career singing opera, videos of past performances, my biography, and contact information.

I am an aspiring operatic bass-baritone from Houston, 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, with graduation and pressures that accompany the decision to attend college looming over me, I knew that singing was the one thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. I did not know anyone who made a living exclusively by singing choral music, so I turned my focus to opera and began applying to Universities as 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 utilizes many, if not all, aspects of the arts. No production would be successful without all of the performers and staff working together. It is such a privilege to be able to create and share such beautiful art.

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 as a person 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 check out my most recent posts about my experiences at Opera in the Ozarks and the Texoma NATS Regional Competition. Thank you.