“His voice was projected with ease that allowed it to blossom into an array of beautiful overtones.”
Currently in his final year of The Juilliard School’s prestigious Opera Studies programme, American tenor James Ley has been praised for ‘lovely legato lines with his silvery tenor’ (seenandheard-international.com) in recent performances as Don Ottavio in Juilliard’s production of Don Giovanni.
Other performing experience to date includes the world premiere of Marius Felix Lange’s Der Gesang der Zauberinsel at Salzburg Festival, as Le petit vieillard in L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume and, at Wheaton College, his first Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Abraham in a staged production of Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac
In concert, James Ley has performed Handel’s Messiah at Wheaton College and performed excerpts from Schubert’s Winterreise with Brian Zeger at Alice Tully Hall as part of Juilliard Songfest.
James currently studies with Edith Wiens and has participated in Masterclasses with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well as in Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio, with guest teachers including Renée Fleming. He participated in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Mozart Académie in 2018, and at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie that same year. In 2019, James was a participant of the prestigious Salzburg Young Artist Project.
“Ley was the perfect match for this role as he sang Ferrando with playfulness and a young heart. His voice drew in listeners based on its pure tone and innocent expressiveness.”
“Don Ottavio, James Ley, was more convincing as an ardent lover than an earnest suitor. Although he can spin out lovely legato lines with his silvery tenor, the voice was truly exciting when it bristled with energy and passion.”
“Ley was most memorable as he sang ‘Dalla sua pace.’ His voice was projected with ease that allowed it to blossom into an array of beautiful overtones.”
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