James Platt

Introduction

British bass James Platt was educated at Chetham’s School of Music studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

A member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden his roles there this season include Gremin Eugene Onegin, Grenvil La traviata and Frontier Guard Boris Godunov.  
His 2015/16 season also includes Rossini's Semiramide at the BBC Proms with the OAE and Sir Mark Elder, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 with the RPO and Christopher Warren-Green, Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall with the Mozart Festival Orchestra and Oliver Gooch, Verdi's Requiem with Highgate Choral Society and his recital debut at the Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson.  Next season he makes debuts with the Teatro alla Scala Milan and the Dutch National Opera.

He has been a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne where he sang the role of Notary Don Pasquale and covered Mr Flint Billy Budd in the 2013 Festival.  He also recently made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as High priest of Baal Nabucco.

His concert and recital appearances include Glyndebourne’s Ebert Room Recital Series, the Brighton Festival, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Christ Church Spitalfields and Barbican Hall.  Conductors with whom he has worked include Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Andrew Davis, Paul McCreesh, Laurence Cummings and Sir Mark Elder.

He was both a finalist in the GSMD’s Gold Medal Competition and was awarded the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.  He has also been the recipient of a Richard Van Allen Award and an Independent Opera Scholarship.

He has studied with Sir John Tomlinson and Brindley Sherratt and, as a Samling Scholar, he will work Malcolm Martineau, Stephen King and Sir Thomas Allen.  James continues his studies with Janice Chapman.

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Repertoire

CONCERT REPERTOIRE

BACH
Ich habe genug (Cantata no. 82)
Johannes-Passion
Magnificat
Matthäus Passion
Mass in B Minor
Weihnachts-Oratorium

BEETHOVEN
Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Symphony no. 9

BRAHMS
Ein Deutches Requiem

BUTTERWORTH
A Shropshire Lad

CHARPENTIER
Te Deum

DELIUS
Mass of Life
Sea Drift

DVORAK
Te Deum

DYSON
Sweet Thames Run Softly

ELGAR
Coronation Ode
The Dream of Gerontius
The Apostles
The Kingdom
Starlight Express
Light of Life

FAURE
Requiem

FINZI
Let Us Garlands Bring

MAUNDER
Olivet to Calvary

HANDEL
Messiah
Judas Maccabeus
Samson

HAYDN
Maria Theresa Mass
Missa Cellenis
Paukenmesse
Stabat Mater
Die Schöpfung
Die Jahreszeiten

MAHLER
Das Knaben Wunderhorn
Kindertotenlieder
Ruckertlieder
Symphony no. 8

MENDELSSOHN
Elijah
Paulus
Psalm 115

MONTEVERDI
Verspers 1610
Magnificat

MOZART
Mass in C Minor
Coronation Mass
Mass in F
Requiem
Solemn Vespers

MUSSORGSKY
Songs and Dances of Death

PERGOLESI
Magnificat

PUCCINI
Messa di Gloria

PURCELL
Te Deum
Jubilate
Come ye Sons of Art
Welcome all the pleasures

ROSSINI
Pettite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater

SCHUBERT
All Masses
Magnificat
Psalm 92
Tantum Ergo in E flat

STAINER
Cruxification

STANFORD
Songs of the Fleet

TIPPET
A Child of our Time

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Songs of Travel
Hodie
Five Mystical Songs
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Mass in G Minor
Sancta Civitas
Sea Symphony
Serenade to Music

VERDI
Requiem

STRAVINSKY
Oedipus Rex

WALTON
Belshazzar’s Feast

OPERA REPERTOIRE

BRITTEN
Billy Budd (Mr Flint)
Peter Grimes (Hobson)
A Midsummer Nights Dream (Bottom)
The Rape of Lucretia (Collatinus)

BIZET
Carmen (Zuniga)

DOVE
Flight (Immigration Officer)

HANDEL
Acis and Galatea (Polyphemus)
Giulio Cesare (Achilla)
Semele (Somnus/Cadmus)

MONTEVERDI
Orfeo (Caronte)

MOZART
Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro/Antonio/Bartolo)
Don Giovanni (Leporello/Commandatore/Masetto)
Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro/Sprecher)

PUCCINI
La bohème (Colline)
Madama Butterfly (Bonze)

ROSSINI
La scala di seta (Blansac)

STRAVINSKY
The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow)

SZYMANOWSKI
Król Roger (Bishop)

WAGNER
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Night Watchman)

VERDI
La traviata (Dr Grenvil)
Un ballo in maschera (Tom)

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Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (original version, 1869) 
(concert performance; sung in Russian)

Bryn Terfel: Boris Godunov
Benjamin Knight: Fyodor
Vlada Borovko: Xenia
John Graham Hall: Shuisky
Kostas Smoriginas: Schelkalav
Ain Anger: Pimen
David Butt Philip: Grigory (Pretender Dmitry)
Andrii Goniukov: Varlaam
Harry Nicoll: Missail
Rebecca de Pont Davies: Innkeeper
Andrew Tortise: Yurodivy (Holy Fool)
JAMES PLATT: BORDER GUARD

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 
Sir Antonio Pappano conductor

Royal Albert Hall, LONDON

MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (original version, 1869) 
(concert performance; sung in Russian)

Bryn Terfel: Boris Godunov
Benjamin Knight: Fyodor
Vlada Borovko: Xenia
John Graham Hall: Shuisky
Kostas Smoriginas: Schelkalav
Ain Anger: Pimen
David Butt Philip: Grigory (Pretender Dmitry)
Andrii Goniukov: Varlaam
Harry Nicoll: Missail
Rebecca de Pont Davies: Innkeeper
Andrew Tortise: Yurodivy (Holy Fool)
JAMES PLATT: BORDER GUARD

Royal Opera Chorus 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 
Sir Antonio Pappano conductor

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Verdi & Berlioz

Jette Parker Young Artists

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

James Platt, the full-voiced Fiesco, brought a rolling legato to his blessing of his future son-in-law [and] returned as a persuasive Frère Laurent. Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, September 2015
James Platt (the only British singer we heard) with his voice of imposing authority seems born to play aged – probably often bearded – characters such as Fiesco and later Gounod’s Frère Laurent. Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard, 20 July 2015

Verdi

La traviata

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

As usual for Covent Garden, smaller roles were well taken...James Platt a suavely voiced Doctor Grenvil John E. de Wald, Opera Britannia, 20 May 2015
From among the more minor roles...James Platt as Doctor Grenvil stands out. Sam Smith, Music OMH, 20 May 2015
James Platt’s Doctor gave nuanced and thoroughly committed performances. Jim Pritchard, Scene and Heard, 20 May 2015

Monteverdi

Orfeo

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at The Roundhouse

...James Platt [is] admirable as Charon... Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 14 January 2014
...the authoritative Charon of James Platt... David Nice, The Arts Desk, 14 January 2014
James Platt sings an impressive Charon Laura Battle, Financial Times, 14 January 2014
James Platt’s commanding Charon Melanie, Eskenazi, Music OHM, 14 January 2014
James Platt’s strong Charon George Hall, The Stage, 14 January
James Platt and Susan Bickley both showed smooth voices with a bit of extra strength and depth, Platt as the implacable boatman Charon... David Karlin, Bachtrack, 14 January 2014
...musically the strongest support comes from the trio of pastors...and James Platt’s powerfully characterised Charon. Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator, 17 January 2014
James Platt formidable as Charon Fiona Maddock, The Guardian, 18 January 2015
I was particularly impressed by the wonderful true bass of James Platt as Charon. I hope to hear more of his glorious liquorice tones before too long. Miranda Jackson, Opera Briannia, 17 January 2015
As Charon, James Platt uses his strong bass-baritone to suggest Charon’s menacing obduracy. Claire Seymore, Opera Today, 16 January 2015
Bass James Platt as Hell’s guardian Charon looks like the sort of club bouncer with whom you wouldn’t argue. Clare Colvin, Express, 18 January 2015
James Platt sang the deep sounds of Charon with imposing authority. Stephen Petitt, Opera, March 2015

Handel

Messiah

Early Opera Company at Wigmore Hall

Bass James Platt has a strikingly resonant tone which equipped him well for ‘Why do the nations…?’ and ‘The trumpet shall sound’... John-Pierre Joyce, Music OMH, 24 December 2014
James Platt’s powerful bass combines aspects of Wotan and Charlton Heston, and Platt applied it to Part 1 in all its blackness, so that the shaft of light let in by ‘For unto us’ made maximum impact. That darkness also went on to gather layers of meaning in a magnificent ‘The trumpet shall sound'. Peter Reed, Classical Source, 23 December 2014

Rossini

La scala di seta

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

...the larger-than-life bass James Platt as [the soprano's] foppish foil. Michael Church, The Independent, 27 October 2014
British bass James Platt was strong in the role [of Blansac]. Simon Thomas, What's on Stage, 24 October 2014
James Platt (Blansac), pink-cheeked with foppish wig, might have been playing buffo roles for a lifetime. Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 26 October 2014
It was James Platt as Blansac who showed the most promise and here was a periwigged and powdered fop with a resonant voice that sounds as if it might easily encompass buffo roles as well as something more substantial in the future. Jim Pritchard, Scene and Heard, October 2014
Platt brought a clear and precise tone to his part and a gentle lyricism to his off-stage calls during the finale, as he called to Giulia from outside her balcony. Dressed in garish pink and with rouged cheeks he was very much the dandy but looked genuinely and genially amused at the number of people who end up in Giulia’s apartment, a ‘randevu in duecento’ indeed. Llyr Carvana, Opera Britannia, 26 October 2014
James Platt is simply a class act as Blansac. Sam Smith, Music OHM, 25 October 2014
James Platt (Blansac) sang with full, rich tone and displayed nimble agility through Rossini’s patter. Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 24 October 2014
James Platt brought a satisfyingly mature and rounded bass to Blansac. Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, January 2015

Recordings

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Alessandro Corbelli (Don Pasquale)
Danielle de Niese (Norina)
Nikolay Borchev (Malatesta)
Alex Shrader (Ernesto)
James Platt (Notary)

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Enrique Mazzola

Mariame Clément's production from the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival

Opus Arte