Apollo Master Chorale

Aaron James
Aaron James, Baritone, was born and raised in Kansas, where he received his early music and theatrical training. At 16, Mr. Jamesís joined the Kansas City Starlight Theater as a Singer/Dancer in Hello Dolly. Since that time Mr. James appeared with Broadway Musicals Direct, singing roles in Candide, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweeney Todd, Kiss me Kate, Guys and Dolls, Porgy & Bess, and was a member of the National Choral Touring Ensemble for eight seasons, singing concerts of American Musical Theater. As an Opera Singer he has appeared with the opera companies of Santa Fe, New York City, Zurich, Lenz, Lucern, Basil, Connecticut, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New Jersey, Kansas City, Wichita, Tulsa, San Francisco, Baltimore, Tampa, and Boston.

Mr. Jamesí real passion is Choral Music. Aaron has had the pleasure of working with the best choirs in the world, including the BBC Singers, Kingís Choir college of Cambridge, The New York Choral Artists, Voices of Ascension, the Virtuoso Singers, Aexxus, Musica Sacre, Schola Hebreica, and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, NYC. Aaron currently sings with Schola Cantorum of St. Paulís Cathedral, the Apollo Male Chorus, the Apollo Master Chorale, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

As a Solo Artist, Mr. James has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Kansas City Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Orchestra of St. Lukes, the American Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Symphony, Houston Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society, Denver Symphony, Connecticut Symphony, The Eros Orchestra, Tampa City Orchestra, The Bronx Arts Ensemble, Le Petit Orchestra du Paris, The Sudwestern Deutschland Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Lukeís, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Mostly Mozart Festival - Lincoln Center. In addition, he has soloed in all the professional concert halls in New York City, including, Alice Tully Hall - Elijah, Town Hall - Copelandís American Songs, Carnegie Hall - Carmina Burana, Avery Fisher Hall - The New York Philharmonic, and the Merkin Recital Hall with Sarah Rice.

Mr. James is equally at home as a Radio, Film, and Recording artist. Aaron has sung back-up to Sting, Cyndy Lauper, Michael Jackson, and Classical artist, Placido Domingo. He also has recorded voice-overs for Disney, The Broadway musical William S, and the new musical Bacchus. Aaron has recorded for Cirque du Soleil, The Olive Garden Restaurant Group, and with the Voices of Ascension in New York City for Delos. He also can be heard on New World Records, Ethereal Records, HB records, the More Music recordings, NYC, and as a soloist and ensemble singer with the Milken Archives eight year recording project resulting in over 80 CDís, recorded in New York, London, and Berlin. He made his radio debut over WQXR, the largest Classical Station in the country, singing Coplandís American Songs, Bernsteinís SongFest, and excerpts from Porgy and Bess.

Notable concert appearances include the premier of Linda Kernahansí A Single Thread, for Baritone Matin and Cello, and as Baritone soloist in the highly successful Les Vepres des Jeanne II by Jean-Louis Petit, recorded for Musica Viva on Ethereal Records. His appearance with famed American Composer, Ned Rorem, marked his Brooklyn Academy of Music debut, in Eric Satieís chamber work Socrate, with Mr. Rorem at the Piano. Aaronís favorite appearance was in the role of Melchior in Menottiís Amahl and the Night Visitors, with The Little Orchestra Societyís Lincoln Center production. Mr. James has also had the pleasure of working exclusively with well known composer, James Bassi, who has composed three pieces for Aaron, including an upcoming Apollo Male Chorus commission entitled ĎFive Songsí for Chorus, Orchestra, Baritone Solo, and Dancer. Their concert collaboration resulted in a recorded live recital of French Music in New York City, recorded by HB records for the More Music Concert Series. Recent appearances include the role of the Father in Hansel & Gretel with the Little Orchestra Society, the Baritone Soloist in Durafleís Requiem with the chorus and orchestra of Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut, The Role of the Pilgrim in Vaughn-Williams, The Feast of the Delectable Mountains, with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, in Rye, New York.

Mr. James has received grants from the Womanís Federated Clubs of America, The Metropolitan†Opera†Guild, The Robertson Award of the Oklahoma City Symphony, and major grants from the Annenberg Foundation in New York City, which allowed him to work as an Artist in Residence within the New York City Public School System for eight years.

Of his performances, the Stamford Advocate said, Christopher Columbus was a real romp! As Luis de Torres, Aaron James sang with a fine vocal line and excellent high Baritone voice. The Darien Times said, Aaron James sang an affectingly sweet Luis di Torres.

At the Best of Broadway Concerts, the New Jersey Star-Ledge said this: Aaron James represented a healing of the division between Opera & Broadway. Ignoring the known recordings of the shows, he sang Broadway with the same sound and technique that he would bring to Tosca, or Don Giovanni. He could as easily have been singing Marcello, as singing "Wunderbar" from Porterís "Kiss Me Kate."

The El Paso Herold Post said of his performance as Germont in Verdiís La Traviata, "So convincing was Aaron James as the demanding father Germont, with his concise, commanding demeanor and golden baritone, that we were swept away in the passionate love Story. He made a reality of the persuasive father and his glorious Di Provinza was the high point of the Act."