British bass James Platt was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden from 2014-2016.
Highlights in his 2019/20 season include Bottom in a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and Sparafucile Rigoletto and Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Welsh National Opera. On the concert platform he sings The Dream of Gerontius with the CBSO/Edward Gardner and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich/Robert Trevino, The Creation with the Royal Northern Sinfonia/Paul McCreesh, Messiah with the Hallé Orchestra/Cristian Macelaru and Don Fernando Fidelio with the Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder and Il Re in a European tour of Ariodante with Les Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski.
Elsewhere he has sung Ortel Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Teatro alla Scala, Milan; First Soldier Salome for the Dutch National Opera; Crespel Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Sarastro Die Zauberflöte for the Welsh National Opera; Il Commendatore Don Giovanni for Opera North; Dr Grenvil La traviata and Gremin Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera and Notary Don Pasquale at the Glyndebourne Festival.
His concert appearances include Bach’s Weihnachts-oratorium on tour with Les Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski, Shostakovich’s Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin with the Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia/Lars Vogt, Handel’s Messiah with the Hallé Orchestra/Christian Curnyn, Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre National de Lyon/Leonard Slatkin, Dvorak’s Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jiri Belohlavek, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the BBC Proms with the BBC Singers/David Hill and Nino’s Ghost in Rossini’s Semiramide also at the BBC Proms with the OAE/Sir Mark Elder.