Baritone James Berry began his musical training as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire. After studying at Bloxham School and King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, he read Religion and Anthropology at the University of Manchester, while learning singing with Andrew Heggie. He then started his formal vocal training at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), studying with Paul Nilon. While there, he was awarded the John Cameron Prize for the Singing of Lieder, and was a finalist in both the Joyce and Michael KennedyAward for the Singing of Strauss and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award for Singers.
During his time at RNCM, James was able to work with Sir Thomas Allen, Sir John Tomlinson, Christopher Purves, James Gilchrist, Roger Vignoles, David Owen Norris, Anthony Spiri, Patricia McMahon, Martin Pickard, Richard Stokes, Paul Wynne Griffiths, and Isobel Flinn.
James has worked with a number of opera companies in the UK and abroad; recent work has included Leporello Don Giovanni (Opera on Location), Zaretsky Eugene Onegin (OperaUpClose), chorus La Traviata (Longborough Festival Opera), covering solos for Bergen Nasjonale Opera’s staged production of Messiah, First Burgess and Fisherman Peter Grimes with Bergen Philharmonic at the Edinburgh International Festival, Ali The Italian Girl in Algiers (Mananan Opera), Valens Theodora (RNCM Opera), Barone Douphol La Traviata (Mananan Opera) and Henri Martel Un Mari à la Porte with Manchester Opera Ensemble.
James is currently resident in Manchester, and is a Lay Clerk at Manchester Cathedral
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