James Platt

Credit: Maximilian Van London


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 2018/19 season include Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and the roles of Count Rostov, Tichon, Berthier, Ramballe & Beningsen in a new production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace for the Welsh National Opera; Crespel Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and his debut for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Oberlin in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz.

Elsewhere he has sung Ortel Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Teatro alla Scala, Milan; First Soldier Salome for the Dutch National Opera; Il Commendatore Don Giovanni for Opera North; Dr Grenvil La traviata and Gremin Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera; High Priest of Baal Nabucco for the Welsh National 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.


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    PAVEL HAAS 'Fata Morgana'

    Label: Resonus

    Release Date: 03 Mar 17

    Soprano: Anita Watson
    Mezzo-Soprano: Anna Starushkevych
    Tenor: Nicky Spence
    Bass: James Platt

    Piano: Lada Valesova
    Navarra Quartet

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    DONIZETTI 'Don Pasquale'

    Label: Opus Arte

    Release Date: 17 Apr 14

    Mariame Clément's production from the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival

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

    London Philharmonic Orchestra/Enrique Mazzola

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    01 Dec 18 Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann
    Deutsche Oper, Berlin

    “Among the smaller roles, James Platt stands out as Antonia’s pathetic father, Crespel.”
    Hugo Shirley, Financial Times, 03 December 2018

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    15 Oct 18 Prokofiev War and Peace
    Welsh National Opera

    “James Platt’s Count Rostov was warmly resonant”
    John Allison, Opera, November 2018

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    10 Apr 18 Rossini Mosè in Egitto
    Chelsea Opera Group at Cadogan Hall

    As Mosè himself, James Platt reminded us that the prophet was still a young man, an activist with 40 years in the wilderness ahead of him. Platt’s bass was powerful, firm and energetic, and he made the famous Act 3 prayer sound as much a challenge as an appeal to God.”
    Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, May 2018

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    10 Jul 17 Pavel Haas Fata Morgana
    Resonus CD

    “The 1944 Four Songs are given added poignancy – if any were needed – by James Platt’s heartfelt rendition.”
    Choral & Song Choice, BBC Music Magazine, May 2017

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    03 Jul 17 Strauss Salome
    Dutch National Opera

    “There wasn’t a weak link in the whole cast, but basses James Cresswell and James Platt as, respectively, 1st Nazarene and 1st Soldier, made a particularly fine impression.”
    Jenny Camilleri, Bachtrack, 11 June 2017

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    18 Apr 17 Dvořák Requiem
    BBC Symphony Orchestra/Bělohlávek

    “…James Platt’s deep bass intoning of Mors Stupebit was the strongest…”
    David Karlin, Bachtrack, 14 April 2017

    “…a fully-fledged, already great sound from young James Platt…”
    David Nice, The Arts Desk, 14 April 2017

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    29 Mar 17 Handel Alceste
    Early Opera Company/Curnyn

    “[Benjamin] Hulett showed flawless brilliance in fast runs, matched for character by James Platt’s one appearance as feisty Charon.”
    David Nice, The Arts Desk, 30 March 2017

    “James Platt was the pick of the vocal soloists in Alceste, delivering a rollicking, pantomime-villain number in which Handel (surely consciously) evokes memories of the monster Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea, the serenata he wrote more than three decades earlier.”
    Richard Morrison, The Times, 31 March 2017


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    06 Sep 16 Rossini Semiramide
    OAE/Elder at the BBC Proms

    “There [was an] equally stylish contribution from James Platt as the Ghost of Nino.”
    Alexander Campbell, Classical Source, 04 September 2016

    “James Platt made the most of his ghostly appearance as old king Nino.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 05 September 2016

    “James Platt, raised on a pedestal in the RAH Arena, bellowed even more cavernously than usual, with the aid of a microphone-effect, and King Nino’s vengeful commands sent a shiver up the spine.”
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 04 September 2016

    “James Platt gave us all the shudders as the baleful ghost of Semiramide’s murdered husband.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 09 September 2016

    “James Platt boomed imposingly from a platform among the Prommers in the Arena.”
    Hugh Canning, Opera, November 2016

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    16 Aug 16 Tchaikovsky Jette Parker Young Artists
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “James Platt handled Gremin’s aria with authority and generosity while exuding a discreet air of ‘Hands off, she’s mine’.”
    Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, September 2016

    “The rich and smooth bass voice of James Platt in the role of Prince Gremin overshadowed most other soloists of the evening.”
    Liudmila Yablokova, Opera News, August 2016

    “James Blass injected some much needed gravitas into the Eugene Onegin excerpts.  Tall and imposing, he was an impressive Prince Gremin and had the low notes for Gremin’s declaration of love, descending smoothly to the bottom.  No wonder Tatiana threw her arms around him in a tight bear hug.”
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today,

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    21 Aug 15 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

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    21 May 15 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

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    14 Jan 15 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

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    06 Jan 15 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

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    27 Oct 14 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



Ich habe genug (Cantata no. 82)
Matthäus Passion
Mass in B Minor

Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Symphony No. 9

Ein deutches Requiem

A Shropshire Lad

Te Deum

Mass of Life
Sea Drift

Te Deum

Sweet Thames Run Softly

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


Let Us Garlands Bring

Olivet to Calvary

Judas Maccabeus

Maria Theresa Mass
Missa Cellenis
Stabat Mater
Die Schöpfung
Die Jahreszeiten

Das Knaben Wunderhorn
Symphony No. 8

Psalm 115

Verspers 1610

Mass in C Minor
Coronation Mass
Mass in F
Solemn Vespers

Songs and Dances of Death


Messa di Gloria

Te Deum
Come ye Sons of Art
Welcome all the pleasures

Pettite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater

All Masses
Psalm 92
Tantum Ergo in E flat


Songs of the Fleet

A Child of our Time

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


Oedipus Rex

Belshazzar’s Feast


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

Carmen (Zuniga)

Flight (Immigration Officer)

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

Orfeo (Caronte)

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

La bohème (Colline)
Madama Butterfly (Bonze)

La scala di seta (Blansac)

The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow)

Król Roger (Bishop)

Das Rheingold (Fafner/Fasolt)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Night Watchman)

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