At home on opera, musical theater and concert stages, Tenor Creighton James has performed professionally at La Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as well as with the Cincinnati Opera, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Opera, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Helena Symphony, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and Carmel Symphony Orchestra.
Some of Mr. James more recent roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Laurie in the University première of Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Truffaldino in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, and the Governor in Candide.
At home in Missoula, Mr. James teaches on the voice faculty of The University of Montana. Recent seasons have seen Mr. James begin another Missoula music tradition in his collaboration with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra’s Director of Music and long-time friend, Darko Butorac, writing and performing the symphony’s annual family concert for both area fourth-graders and the community. He has also served as the Artistic Director of Montana Lyric Opera for the past few years, producing the 2008-2010 main-stage seasons and directing recent productions of Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly.
Mr. James earned a Bachelor of Music degree at Rice University before achieving his Master of Music degree from Indiana University as a student of Costanza Cuccaro. The tenor has attended several summer programs, including those with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Opera and Brevard Music Center, where he bowed as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henrik in A Little Night Music, and Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls. More recently, Mr. James sang with the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the Young Artist Program, performing the role of Parpignol in La Bohème, covering roles in the newly commissioned work Margaret Garner by Richard Danielpour, and featured in concert.