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James Egglestone is one of Australia’s finest young tenors. He is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melba Conservatorium of Music and a recipient of the 2004 Johnston Bequest and the 2004 Belcanto Scholarship - these awards enabled James to study in Italy and The Netherlands respectively.
He has already built up an impressive list of credits with many national and international performing companies. For Opera Australia, James has sung the Henchman in Batavia and the Bird Seller in Der Rosenkavalier. For the Belcanto Festival in The Netherlands, he performed Elvino in La Sonnambula and Don Carissimo in La Dirindina; for Melbourne Opera, the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Nadir in The Pearl Fishers; Pang in Turandot for the Puccini Festival of Australia and Remendado in Carmen for West Australian Opera. For the Castlemaine Festival in 2005, James created the role in the one-man opera Tell Tale Heart.
On the concert platform, James Egglestone has sung the tenor solos in Haydn’s Creation, Britten’s Canticle and the Bach Cantatas Nos. 21 and 137.
In 2006, he sang Ismaele in Nabucco for West Australian Opera, Francesco in The Gondoliers for Opera Australia, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for Melbourne Opera and appeared in concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Victorian Opera. He frequently travels to Jakarta to appear as tenor soloist with the Twilite Orchestra.
In 2007, he sang leading roles in The Love of the Nightingale for West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera (for which he won the Helpmann Award as Best Male Singer in a Supporting Role), Little Women for State Opera of South Australia, Cosi fan Tutte for Victorian Opera and Orpheus in the Underworld for West Australia Opera; he also appeared in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia.
In 2008, James has sung Count Almaviva for West Australian Opera, Rodolfo in La Boheme for Melbourne Opera and will appear in Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival. He will also perform as soloist with the Melbourne and Canberra Symphony Orchestras and the Auckland Philharmonia.