James Olds (bass-baritone)

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James Olds
James Olds Bass Baritone Headshot.jpg
James Olds Headshot
Born (1986-02-20) February 20, 1986 (age 32)
Sydney, Australia
Years active 2004–present
Website jamesolds.com

James Andrew Olds (born 20 February 1986) is an Australian bass-baritone. He holds a Masters of Music in Performance from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

In 2016, James made his debut as a Principal Artist with Opera Australia performing the role of The Officer in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and in 2018 will be performing the role of Sergeant in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour — La bohème.

James has also been an active member of the Opera Australia Chorus since 2009. He was the recipient of both the Sanderson Award and the Hawaiian Performing Arts Festival Prize at the 2016 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award Final and semi-finalist in this year's Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (previously Sun Aria).

In 2015, James performed the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Rockdale Opera and was the Winner of the 34th National Liederfest, which secured him a scholarship at the Franz Schubert-Institut in Austria where he worked with Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Andreas Schmidt, Robert Holl and Rudolf Jansen.

In 2013, James accepted a scholarship into the Artist Masters Programme at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he studied under Welsh Soprano Marilyn Rees. That same year, James toured the UK and France with Diva Opera again performing the role of The Officer in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and was a finalist in the Australian Music Foundation Awards at Wigmore Hall.

While in London, James performed the role of Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for St. Paul’s Opera and the roles of Rocco (Fidelio), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Dr. Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore) for Guildhall Postgraduate Opera at the Milton Court Theatre.[1]

Biography[edit]

Bass-Baritone James Olds holds a Masters of Music in Performance from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

In 2016, James made his debut as a Principal Artist with Opera Australia performing the role of The Officer in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and in 2018 will be performing the role of Sergeant in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour — La bohème.

James has also been an active member of the Opera Australia Chorus since 2009. He was the recipient of both the Sanderson Award and the Hawaiian Performing Arts Festival Prize at the 2016 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award Final and semi-finalist in this year's Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (previously Sun Aria).

In 2015, James performed the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Rockdale Opera and was the Winner of the 34th National Liederfest, which secured him a scholarship at the Franz Schubert-Institut in Austria where he worked with Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Andreas Schmidt, Robert Holl and Rudolf Jansen.

In 2013, James accepted a scholarship into the Artist Masters Programme at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he studied under Welsh Soprano Marilyn Rees. That same year, James toured the UK and France with Diva Opera again performing the role of The Officer in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and was a finalist in the Australian Music Foundation Awards at Wigmore Hall.

While in London, James performed the role of Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for St. Paul’s Opera and the roles of Rocco (Fidelio), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Dr. Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore) for Guildhall Postgraduate Opera at the Milton Court Theatre.

Opera Australia[edit]

Awards, achievements and roles[edit]

Institution/Company Award/Achievement/Role Year
Sydney Conservatorium of Music Mary Patricia Bell Scholarship 2004
Opera Australia Chorus (9 operas) 2009–2012
Pacific Opera Young Artist Programme 2010
Sydney University Judge Turpin, Sweeney Todd 2010
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Artist Masters Programme 2013
Diva Opera Un Ufficiale, The Barber of Seville 2013
London Contemporary Opera Chorus, The Schmürz 2013
Australian Music Foundation Awards Finalist 2013
St. Paul's Opera Betto, Gianni Schicchi 2013
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Drum Maker (Cover), The Adventures of Pinocchio – Dove 2013
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Chorus, The Adventures of Pinocchio – Dove 2013
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Rocco, Fidelio (Scenes) 2014
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Leporello, Don Giovanni (Scenes) 2014
Guildhall School of Music and Drama Dr. Dulcamara, L'elisir d'amore (Scenes) 2014
34th National Liederfest (Australia) Winner 2015
Rockdale Opera Company Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro 2015
Open Lieder Prize (Wollongong Eisteddfod) Winner 2015
Open Aria Prize (Wollongong Eisteddfod) Finalist 2016
Bel Canto Award (Bel Canto Awards) Finalist 2016
Sanderson Award (Bel Canto Awards) Finalist 2016
Hawaii Performing Arts Awards (Bel Canto Awards) Finalist 2016
Opera Scholarship (Sun Aria) Semi Finalist 2015
Opera Australia Officer, The Barber of Seville 2016
Opera Australia Sergeant, La bohème 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olds, James. "Opera Australia Artists". Opera Australia Official Website. Opera Australia. Retrieved 30 April 2018. 

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