James is a British-Chinese tenor who began studying as a baritone with Jennifer Quigley at Dartford Grammar School at the age of thirteen. Four years later, he was awarded a scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music in the junior department for two years, finishing with the Junior Trinity Vocal Prize.
At the age of nineteen and after taking a gap year, he was offered a place to study as a tenor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has recently completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
He recently returned from Wexford Festival Opera where he performed as a soloist for their Bernstein Gala Concert, as well as being a chorus member in the staged operas. Last year, he also made his debut with Opéra de Baugé, where he performed the High Priest of Neptune in Idomeneo and Mercury in Orphée aux enfers (Offenbach). James will be performing the roles of Goro (Madame Butterfly) and Spoletta (Tosca) as part of the Regents Opera tour in 2019.
James was a chorus mentor and performed as a member of The Entourage in Giorgio Battistelli's new opera 'Wake' which premiered with Birmingham Opera Company. He also recently covered the role of 'Beppe' in I Pagliacci with Kentish Opera.
James will be joining English National Opera as part of their 19/20 season as a BAME fellow and will also be covering the role of Remendado in their production of Carmen.
In song repertoire, James has performed a concert of Schubert repertoire at Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson, songs of Schubert and Britten in Graham Johnson's Song Guild recital at The Guildhall and songs of Tosti in a recital led by Emanuele Moris.
He has also participated in masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Dame Felicity Palmer, Sophie Daneman, Neil Jenkins, Dame Felicity Lott, Susan McCulloch, Amanda Roocroft and Sarah Walker.
James is a recipient of The Guildhall School's Stella Currie Award, Opéra de Baugé's Gil Rodriguez Scholarship and is also supported by the members of the Baldwyn's Park Baptist Church. James currently studies with David Pollard.
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"James Liu was the narrator, who gets to open the second half with the lovely ballad about the Wingrave boy which Liu sang with an interestingly rich fervour." - Planet Hugill
"Mention should also be made of tenor James Liu, who sings the ballad of the Wingraves with tremendous tenderness and a lovely sense of line." - TheArtsDesk