About the artist
Hailed by The Washington Post as a “superb soloist” with a “sensitively turned lyric baritone”, Washington, D.C.-based James Rogers has been active in genres ranging from Viennese operetta to classical Lieder to challenging new works of the 21st century. He has created several opera roles in his career, including Howard Bright in Kyle Gullings’s Oblivion (2010 Capital Fringe), Father/Narrator in Gregg Martin’s Life in Death (Kennedy Center Millennium Stage; 2009 Capital Fringe), Apollo in Andrew Simpson’s The Furies (2006, Catholic University – guest artist), and John Sloat in Damon Ferrante’s Super Double Lite (2004, SymphonySpace, New York). Other opera roles include the title role of Don Giovanni (Opera AACC), Danilo Danilowitsch and Baron Mirko Zeta in The Merry Widow (Washington Savoyards, Opera AACC), Uberto in La serva padrona (Inscape Chamber Orchestra), Albert in Werther (Opera Vivente), Lord Mountararat in Iolanthe, Captain Corcoran and Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore (Young Victorian Theatre Company), Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen, Lescaut in Manon, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Music Master in Ariadne auf Naxos — the last four at Peabody, where he studied with Marianna Busching and Wayne Conner. As an oratorio soloist, Mr. Rogers has performed such works as Messiah (Cantate Chamber Singers, the combined choirs of Hood College and the U. S. Naval Academy, Prince George’s Choral Society), Carmina Burana (World Bank/IMF Choral Society), J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (New Dominion Chorale) and his cantata, BWV 56 “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen”, as well as the Requiems of Brahms (Washington Summer Sings!) and Fauré (Annapolis Chorale, Library of Congress Chorale). In addition, he has appeared regularly on the pops series of the Annapolis Chorale.
Mr. Rogers is the founder of the Song Club of Washington, whose inaugural program in June 2009 featured three soloists performing the complete songs of Henri Duparc. As a member of the group Festa della Voce, he was heard in recital at such Washington-area venues as the Corcoran Gallery and the Embassies of Italy, Switzerland, and Canada. In solo recital, he has given world or North American premières of works by composers including Mikis Theodorakis, Paul Kletzki, Toby Twining, Richard Lake, and Benjamin CS Boyle. In 2009 and 2010, he and a chamber group of other Peabody Conservatory alumni presented Ligeti’s Aventures and Nouvelles aventures at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, and New York’s 92nd Street Y, under the baton of Leon Fleisher.