British bass James Platt was educated at Chetham’s School of Music studied at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden his roles there have included Second Man in Armour (Die Zauberflöte) and Doctor Grenvil (La traviata) on the main stage, Blansac (La scala di seta, Meet the Young Artists Week) in the Linbury Studio Theatre and Charon (Orfeo) at the Roundhouse. In the 2015/16 Season his roles include Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Doctor Grenvil and Frontier Guard (Boris Godunov).
He has been a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne where he sang the role of Notary Don Pasquale and covered Mr Flint Billy Budd in the 2013 Festival. He recently made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as High priest of Baal Nabucco.
His concert and recital appearances include Glyndebourne’s Ebert Room Recital Series, the Brighton Festival, Bridgewater Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Christ Church Spitalfields and Barbican Hall. Conductors with whom he has worked include Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Andrew Davis, Paul McCreesh, Laurence Cummings and Sir Mark Elder.
He was both a finalist in the GSMD’s Gold Medal Competition and was awarded the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He has also been the recipient of a Richard Van Allen Award and an Independent Opera Scholarship.
He has studied with Sir John Tomlinson and Brindley Sherratt and, as a Samling Artist, he worked with Malcolm Martineau, Stephen King and Sir Thomas Allen. James continues his studies with Janice Chapman.