James Morris

— Bass-Baritone

"James Morris created a most memorable character with his portrayal of the doctor. When he was serious, he tore at your heartstrings and when he was just slightly tipsy, he gave this opera a much-needed moment of light comic relief. I hope he will continue to grace the opera stage for seasons to come."
Maria Nockin, BachTrack - The Doctor in 'Vanessa' at Santa Fe Opera

"Mr. Morris is Hans Sachs, one of Wagner’s finest creations, a modest shoemaker, a childless widower, a man revered in his town not just for his mastery of poetry and song, but also for his decency and insight into human relations. At the end, Mr. Morris received, rightly, the biggest ovation from the audience."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times - Hans Sachs in 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' at the Metropolitan Opera

"James Morris, one of the most outstanding of Wotans, was a massive vocal presence as a Doctor who (as Wozzeck perceives it) deals in Class A drugs; one sensed Edward Gardner unleashing the dogs of the ENO Orchestra whenever they underpinned the great bass-baritone, secure in the knowledge that he could out-sing any ffff that came his way."
Mark Valencia, The Classical Source - The Doctor in 'Wozzeck' at the English National Opera

"James Morris tackled the title role for the first time; the occasion also marked his overdue company debut. The bass-baritone threw himself into the comic shtick, looking rather Falstaff-like in this production, which predated the action to c.1660. Vocally, Morris negotiated the music with colourful style. He proved especially persuasive and quite affecting as he sang 'E finita, Don Pasquale'."
Tim Smith, Opera - title role in 'Don Pasquale' at Washington National Opera


Legendary bass-baritone James Morris is world famous for his performances in opera, concert, recital, and recording. With a repertoire including works by Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Offenbach, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Mozart, Gounod and Britten, Mr. Morris has performed in virtually every international opera house and has appeared with the major orchestras of Europe and the United States. Considered one of the greatest interpreters of the role of Wotan in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Mr. Morris has appeared in this role at the Metropolitan . . .

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