James Harrington

James Harrington

Basso Cantante

Bass in opera, oratorio, operetta, and musical theatre.
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«Bass James Harrington imbued grave dignity to SArastro, tolling his grand aria “In diesen heil'gen Hallen” (“Within these sacred halls”) like the cathedral bells of Vienna's St. Stephen's.»
«James Harrington brings a rich and powerful bass voice and great authority to the role of Sergeant Meryll. His diction is exemplary and he's a compelling actor.»
Broadway world, st. louis (2018)
2018Puccini: La BohèmeColline
2018Verdi: La TraviataGrenvil
2018Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaDon Basilio
2018Rossini: TancrediOrbazzano
2018Verdi: RequiemBass
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSarastro
2017Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorRaimondo Bidebent
2016Puccini: La Fanciulla del WestBilly Jackrabbit
2016Strauss R.: CapriccioDiener 4
2016Strauss R.: CapriccioMajor Domo
2016Gounod: Roméo et JulietteCapulet
2016Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di PoppeaSeneca
2015Stravinsky: The Rake's ProgressNick Shadow
2015Sullivan: The Yeomen of the GuardSergeant Meryll
2015Haydn: Die SchöpfungAdam
2015Sullivan: The MikadoPoo-Bah
2014Mozart: Don GiovanniIl Commendatore
2014Verdi: OtelloLodovico
2012Sullivan: H.M.S. PinaforeDick Deadeye
2012Verdi: RigolettoIl Conte di Ceprano
2012Puccini: ToscaAngelotti
2011Verdi: La TraviataMarquis d'Obigny
2010Giordano: Andrea ChénierFouquier Tinville


Praised by Broadway World as a "compelling actor" with a "rich and powerful bass voice," James Harrington begins the 2018-19 season with his role debut as Colline in LA BOHÈME with Pacific Northwest Opera, before debuting as the bass soloist in the Verdi REQUIEM with the Commonwealth Chorale and Metropolitan Chorale at Jordan Hall in Boston. The remainder of his season sees him reprising Colline at Barn Opera in Vermont, returning to Boston for Alcindoro in LA BOHÈME with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and making his Gulfshore Opera debut as Dottore Grenvil in LA TRAVIATA.
In 2017-18, he debuted as Sarastro in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Opera in the Heights, Orbazzano in Rossini’s TANCREDI (rifatto) with Teatro Nuovo, Basilio in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at Summer Garden Opera, and Dottore Grenvil in LA TRAVIATA at St. Petersburg Opera. The previous season saw his return to the Apprentice Singer program at Santa Fe Opera to cover Raimondo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and his Portland Opera debut in Monteverdi’s SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR, a staged production of beloved Monteverdi madrigals conceived and directed by Christopher Mattaliano.
As an Apprentice Singer at Santa Fe Opera in 2016, he made his main stage debuts as Billy Jackrabbit in LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST and Diener 4 in CAPRICCIO. Earlier that season, he sang Sergeant Meryll in THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD at Winter Opera St. Louis, and returned to Florida State University to perform Seneca in L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Adam in Haydn’s THE CREATION, Pooh-Bah in THE MIKADO, and Bass Soloist in Schubert's MASS IN E-FLAT MAJOR.
In 2014-15, he was Jigger Craigin in CAROUSEL and Pedro in MAN OF LA MANCHA at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre (UFOMT); he also debuted as Nick Shadow in THE RAKE'S PROGRESS and Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI at Florida State University, and reprised his role as J.P. Morgan in Phil Kline’s TESLA at the Opera America New Works Festival. That year, he also joined acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in a concert of Tin Pan Alley songs at Florida State University.
He has previously appeared as Lodovico in OTELLO, Marquis in LA TRAVIATA, and Fouquier Tinville in ANDREA CHÉNIER (Nashville Opera); J.P. Morgan/Thomas Edison/George Westinghouse in Phil Kline’s TESLA (American Opera Projects/Dartmouth College); Jailer in TOSCA (Opera Naples); Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. PINAFORE (Opera New Jersey); Page in AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS (Nashville Philharmonic); and the bass soloist in the Duruflé REQUIEM (Nashville Symphony) and Fauré REQUIEM. His repertoire also includes several roles he previously covered: Angelotti in TOSCA (Opera Naples); Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA, Jud Fry in OKLAHOMA!, and Dr. Engel in THE STUDENT PRINCE (UFOMT); King Morpheus in Daron Aric Hagen’s LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND, and Usher in RIGOLETTO (Sarasota Opera).
Originally trained as a jazz and commercial singer, Harrington earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Management with foci in Entrepreneurship and Management from Berklee College of Music in Boston and his Master of Music in Performance from Florida State University. [Rev. 10/2018]

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: La Bohème Rodolfo Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra 2019
Verdi: Aida Il Re Opera Idaho 2019
Puccini: La Bohème Colline Immediately Pacific Northwest Opera 2018
Verdi: La Traviata Grenvil Immediately St. Petersburg Opera (Florida) 2018
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Don Basilio 24 hours Summer Garden Opera 2018