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James L. Brown maintains an eclectic career as a tenor, conductor and stage
director. James is the Chair of Vocal Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in
Tacoma, WA where he oversees a large and diverse voice program. As the director
of that school’s Opera Workshop, he has been the recipient of several grants
including a Regency Scholarship Grant and a Production Grant from the Kurt Weill
Foundation for Music in New York, NY.
Brown’s singing has been praised by Opera News and Early
Music America. He has sung with such opera companies and presenters as New York
City Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Bronx Opera, Rogue
Opera (Oregon), Chautauqua Opera, Seattle Early Music Guild, Pacific Musicworks,
Skylight Opera Theatre (Milwaukee), Aspen Opera Theater and The Spoleto Festival
in Spoleto, Italy. The tenor has sung roles under the baton of such well-known
conductors as James Conlon, John DeMain, Richard Hickox, Julius Rudel and Robert
Spano and early music directors Rinaldo Alessandrini, Arthur Haas, Andrew
Lawrence King and Stephen Stubbs.
James has introduced many world premieres in the last several years, among which
are: Russian composer, Vladimir Ryabav’s The Border Between Light and Darkness,
Sheila Silver's The Thief of Love (recently released on DVD), Jack Beeson's The
Equilibrists and Mexican/American composer Riccardo Zohn-Muldoon's Comala at the
Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
As a concert soloist, James has appeared at Lincoln Center’s
Alice Tully Hall, Seattle’s Town Hall, Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen
Festival, The Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the Music Academy of the West in
Santa Barbara, California. James sang the title roles in New York State
Baroque’s productions of Rameau’s Pygmalion, Handel’s Jephtha and Bach’s St.
John Passion (Evangelist). Upcoming concert appearances include tenor solos with
Pacific Musicworks in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in Seattle and a recital of
French song for Second City Concert Series in Tacoma, WA with pianist Shelby
Recent productions have included stage direction for HMS
Pinafore for Lakewood Playhouse, stage direction for Verdi’s Don Carlo with
Bellevue Opera, and stage direction/conductor for Il barbiere di Siviglia for
Vashon Opera. Upcoming productions include stage direction for Handel’s Semele
for PLU Opera (Stephen Stubbs, music director), stage director for La Boheme
with Bellevue Opera and stage director for Sweeney Todd with Lakewood Playhouse.