News and Upcoming Performances
James Liu - Tenor
Opéra de Baugé 2018 Season
Sunday 22nd July - Sunday 5th August 2018, Les Capucins
Opéra de Baugé presents three operas as part of their 2018 season:
Orphée aux enfers (Offenbach)
James will be performing the roles of The High Priest of Neptune (Idomeneo), Mercury (Orphée aux enfers), covering the role of Borsa (Rigoletto) as well as performing in the chorus in all three operas.
Mosaic Opera Showcase - Grimeborn Opera Festival
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August
Mosaic Opera Showcase is an exciting programme during Grimeborn to platform and celebrate Black & Asian opera makers in the UK and stories yet to be seen and heard in contemporary Britain.
From West Africa to Armenia to ancient China and beyond, hear opera traditions from around the world mixed with jazz, Chinese orchestra, edgy contemporary classical and more.
Between Constellations (music – Ruth Chan, librettist – Zoe Palmer, dramatist – Jennifer Farmer)
Turandot Reimagined (music – Giacomo Puccini, re-arranged by Ruth Chan, libretto – (in Mandarin with synopsis) by Simon Wu & company, director – Jonathan Man)
1000 Songs (presented by the Myaseen Collective; music – Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, libretto – Ziazan, director – Seta White)
James will be performing the role of Calaf in Turandot Reimagined.
Bernstein à la carte - Wexford Festival Opera
21 October, 11 a.m.
28 October, 11 a.m.
25 October, 3.30 p.m.
1 November, 3.30 p.m.
Wexford Festival Opera celebrates American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist Leonard Bernstein. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was ‘one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.’
His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world’s leading orchestras, and from his music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town, On the Waterfront, his Mass, and a range of other compositions, including three symphonies and many shorter chamber and solo works.
As a composer he wrote in many styles encompassing symphonic and orchestral music, ballet, film and theatre music, choral works, opera, chamber music and pieces for the piano. Many of his works are regularly performed around the world, although none has matched the tremendous popular and critical success of West Side Story.
Wexford perennial favourite Roberto Recchia will direct this celebration. A group of singers organize a birthday party for Leonard Bernstein. They wait, everything is ready, but the guest of honour is late. While they wait, they play, they sing, they read excerpts from his letters. The result is a colourful musical portrait of one of the best loved composers and conductors.
The program will include solos and ensembles from Bernstein’s most celebrated musicals, as well some of his lesser-known songs (including the two cycles I hate to sing and La bonne cuisine).
James will be one of the tenor soloists for all performances.