Praised by Broadway World as a “compelling actor” with a “rich and powerful bass voice”, James Harrington begins the 2018-19 season with his role debut as Colline in La bohème with Pacific Northwest Opera, before debuting as the bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the Commonwealth Chorale and Metropolitan Chorale at Jordan Hall in Boston. The remainder of his season sees him reprising Colline at Barn Opera in Vermont, returning to Boston for Alcindoro in La bohèmewith Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and making his Gulfshore Opera debut as Dottore Grenvil in La traviata.
In 2017-18, he debuted as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Opera in the Heights, Orbazzano in Rossini’s Tancredi rifattowith Teatro Nuovo, Basilio in Il barbiere di Sivigliaat Summer Garden Opera, and Dottore Grenvil in La traviataat St. Petersburg Opera. The previous season saw his return to the Apprentice Singer program at Santa Fe Opera to cover Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoorand his Portland Opera debut in Monteverdi’s Songs of Love and War, a staged production of beloved Monteverdi madrigals conceived and directed by Christopher Mattaliano.
As an Apprentice Singer at Santa Fe Opera in 2016, he made his main stage debuts as Billy Jackrabbit in La fanciulla del Westand Diener 4 in Capriccio. Earlier that season, he sang Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guardat Winter Opera St. Louis, and returned to Florida State University to perform Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Adam in Haydn’s The Creation, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bass Soloist in Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major.
In 2014-15, he was Jigger Craigin in Carouseland Pedro in Man of La Manchaat Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre (UFOMT); he also debuted as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progressand Commendatore in Don Giovanniat Florida State University, and reprised his role as J.P. Morgan in Phil Kline’s Teslaat the Opera America New Works Festival. That year, he also joined acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in a concert of Tin Pan Alley songs at Florida State University.
He has previously appeared as Lodovico in Otello, Marquis in La traviata, and Fouquier Tinville in Andrea Chénier(Nashville Opera); J.P. Morgan/Thomas Edison/George Westinghouse in Phil Kline’s Tesla(American Opera Projects/Dartmouth College); Jailer in Tosca(Opera Naples); Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore(Opera New Jersey); Page in Amahl and the Night Visitors(Nashville Philharmonic); and the bass soloist in the Duruflé Requiem(Nashville Symphony) and Fauré Requiem. His repertoire also includes several roles he previously covered: Angelotti in Tosca(Opera Naples); Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, and Dr. Engel in The Student Prince(UFOMT); King Morpheus in Daron Aric Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, and Usher in Rigoletto(Sarasota Opera).
Originally trained as a jazz and commercial singer, Harrington earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Management from Berklee College of Music in Boston and his Master of Music in Performance from Florida State University. As a teacher, he has worked in Florida State University’s Musical Theatre program, the Leon County (FL) school district, and in conjunction with the Broadway Bound program at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and his former students are currently appearing in the U.S. and Chinese tours of A Chorus Line, as well as at top regional and summer stock theatres across the United States.