James Rutherford (baritone)

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James Rutherford (born 29 May 1972) is a British bass-baritone opera singer who has performed leading roles with UK and other European and North American opera companies. He also appears as a soloist in concert and oratorio. In 1997 he won second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and in 2006 won the Seattle Opera International Wagner Competition.[1][2][3]

Rutherford was born in Norwich, England. After completing his studies in theology at Durham University he studied singing at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He made his stage debut in September 1999 singing the title role of Verdi's Falstaff with the British Youth Opera at London's Peacock Theatre and was engaged by Opera North for his company debut the following Spring.[4]

Since 2009 he has appeared frequently with Graz Opera where he made his role debut as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and at Frankfurt Opera where he made his role debut as Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen. He also sang Hans Sachs for his Bayreuth Festival debut in 2010 and his return in 2011.[5]


Rutherford has released two solo recordings on the BIS Records label:


  1. ^ Opera (July 1997) ("Opera Newsdesk", p. 24. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  2. ^ Opera News (July 2006) "Soprano Miriam Murphy and Baritone James Rutherford Win First International Wagner Competition". Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  3. ^ Schiff, David (27 August 2006). "Leitmotif for Would-Be Wagnerian Singers: A Waiting Game ". New York Times. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  4. ^ Jeal, Erica (3 September 1999). "Revival of the fittest ". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b Fairman, Richard (September 2014). "Review: Wagner Arias and Excerpts". Gramophone, Vol. 92, No. 1113. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  6. ^ Paget, Clive (11 March 2013). "British baritone wades into dark territory for his debut". Limelight. Retrieved 4 March 2015.

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