James Myers Baritone, Actor, Voice Teacher
James Myers has sung with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Bel Cantanti Opera, Commonwealth Concert Opera and with the Mittelsaechsiches Theater in Freiberg, Germany
He is a full member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, AGMA which has reciprocity with Actors Equity Association. He is eligible to join SAG-AFTRA.
James Myers has extensive acting experience both on stage and on camera. On stage he played both the Beast and Prince in Beauty and the Beast, Tommy Albright in Brigadoon, Edward Rutledge in 1776, and John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
As a member of the original cast, he originated the role of Baltus Van Tassle in the World premiere of the daring new musical, "Ichabod, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at Creative Cauldron, a professional theatre in Falls Church, Virginia. He has also performed in several well known plays including, "Cantorial" by Ira Levin and Dial M for Murder. James trained with the Signature Theatre outside of Washington D.C.
James Myers is a gifted voice teacher with many years of experience running his own private studio as well as teaching in the world of higher education and academia. He is available for in person voice lessons as well as virtually over Zoom.
He teaches everyone from accomplished professional singers and actors to complete beginners. He is a full member of N.A.T.S. the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
James Myers is an accomplished singer, actor and voice teacher. As a professional operatic baritone, James has sung with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Opera, Washington Concert Opera and internationally with the Mittelsaechsisches Theater (Middle Saxony Opera Theater) in Frieberg, Germany. He sang the role of Count di Luna in Verdi's Il Trovatore with Commonwealth Concert Opera in Richmond, Virginia after having made his debut with the same opera company singing the role of Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. He has also sings regularly with Bel Cantanti Opera Company. On the concert stage, James has sung as a soloist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and with the professional choral group known as Choralis where he most recently sang the baritone solos from the Brahms Requiem.
James sang in the world premiere of the new opera, "Grounded" with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center by Tony award winning composer, Jeanine Tesori. The opera, "Grounded", tells the story of a female fighter pilot in the United States Air Force who after becoming pregnant, is reassigned to the drone piloting program in a remote desert location outside Las Vegas. James sang in the ensemble as an Air Force fighter pilot with Washington National Opera Chorus.
James' voice has been described as a "kavalier baritone" that possesses a powerful, burnished quality capable of singing both lyric and dramatic repertoire. His operatic singing encompasses a wide variety of baritone roles ranging from Mozart baritone roles such as the Count in The Marriage of Figaro as well as the title role in Don Giovanni to more dramatic Verdi baritone repertoire like the role of Count di Luna in Il Trovatore as well as Rodrigo in Don Carlo and Iago in Otello. His concert and oratorio repertoire as a solo baritone include the Brahms Requiem, the Faure Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Carmina Burana, Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ and Handel's Messiah.
James holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and a Bachelors degree that included formal studies in both vocal performance and acting. James was offered scholarship opportunities to continue his education as a Doctorate of Music candidate in vocal performance at several top conservatoires including Indiana University and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, but he declined that route in order to continue pursuing his professional performing career and his work as a voice teacher.
In addition to his work as an operatic baritone, James is a professional actor. He received formal acting training at both university and through the renowned Signature Theater in Arlington VA, just outside Washington D.C. Mr. Myers was admitted into Signature Theater’s “Overtures” acting program as a winner of the Weissberg Fellowship grant. James originated the role of Baltus Van Tassel in the world premiere production of the musical, "Ichabod, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" with the theatre group, Creative Cauldron.
As a musical theatre actor, James has excelled at performing the classically composed dramatic and romantic musical theatre roles. His wide ranging voice feels comfortable singing roles as high as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and as low as the title role in Sweeney Todd. Other roles that both fit James' vocal range and performing style include: Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Tommy Albright in Brigadoon, Javert in Les Miserables, Anatoly (The Russian) in Chess, the title role in Jekyll and Hyde, Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Lancelot in Camelot, both Joe Gillis and Max in Sunset Boulevard, Gleb in Anastasia, Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music and many others.
Past musical theatre performances for James include his portrayal of the Beast and Prince in Beauty and the Beast, the lead role of Tommy Albright in Brigadoon and South Carolina Senator, Edward Rutledge in the musical, 1776. For James' performance in the production of 1776, Paul M. Bessel and Barbara Braswell of DC Metro Theater Arts write:
“James Myers as Edward Rutlege of South Carolina stops the show with the haunting, almost supernatural, “Molasses to Rum.” With his deep, rich, defiant voice, stunning vocal range and impeccable vocal dynamics, Myers accuses the Northern colonies of hypocrisy by profiting from the slave trade.”
For his role as Edward Rutledge in 1776, James was honored with a Best of 2016 musical theater performance award from DC Metro Theater Arts.
In the role of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, theatre critic, Jeannette Mulherin for the Maryland Theatre Guide writes:
"Belle...and the Beast (James Myers) are gifted singers who could not have been better cast in their roles."
Also for the production of Beauty and Beast, Gina Dalfonzo for DC Metro Theater Arts writes:
"Belle and James Myers as the Beast bring powerful voices and an appealing warmth and vulnerability to their roles."
In addition to his work in musical theater, James has appeared numerous times on stage as an actor in plays and on film. He played the lead role of Warren Ives in the Little Theater of Alexandria’s production of Ira Levin’s play: “Cantorial”. For his work in this production Joe Adcock of ShowBizRadio writes:
“Myers, who has a beautiful voice, brings off a charming final moment when his preppy WASP starts singing liturgical Hebrew.”
Jordan Wright for the website, “Whisk and Quill”, writes that his performance as Warren Ives in Cantorial was,
“played with moving intensity by James Myers”.
As a result of his work in Cantorial, James was cast to play the American writer Max Halliday a few short months later in Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of Dial M for Murder.
For his work in Dial M for Murder, Jordan Wright of the Alexandria Times writes:
"Actor James Myers, coming off his success in the fall's "Cantorial" at Little Theatre, gives a smooth performance as the American crime writer boyfriend, Max Halliday"
As a voice teacher, James has maintained an active voice studio for many years. He has served on the faculty at George Mason University’s Mason Community Arts Academy and as adjunct faculty to the voice department of the school of music at George Mason University. His students have gone on to achieve great success performing professionally and gaining admittance and scholarship awards at top universities, conservatories and graduate programs. He is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) as well as the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) which has reciprocity with Actors Equity Association. He is also currently eligible to join Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
In addition to working with accomplished professional singers and actors, James is thrilled to teach complete beginners as well as all skill levels and voice types. As a voice teacher, James takes great pride in treating every singer with the utmost respect and he tailors the lessons to fit each singers' unique needs. He and his students do work hard but James also strives to make the process supportive and enjoyable.
James is available for both in person voice lessons and for "virtual voice lessons" over the video conferencing platform, Zoom. If you are interested in taking voice lessons or hiring James as a singer or actor, please contact us through this website by clicking on the tab that says Contact. Below are video samples of James' work which include a mixture of operatic singing, musical theatre singing, acting and teaching. There are additional video and audio samples of his work located on seperate pages of this website as well. When James is not performing or teaching, he enjoys playing the piano, exercising, trying new restaurants, driving his mustang and exploring any place with mountains. Thank you for visiting!
James backstage in the dressing room of Wolf Trap getting ready to sing in Don Giovanni
This is a 3 minute video showcasing short clips from several different performances from operas and other classical works. Includes clips from the opera, Il Trovatore by Verdi, The Last Seven Words of Christ by composer Joseph Haydn, the baritone solo from the Faure Requiem and more.
James Myers sings the Italian opera aria, "Ah per sempre io ti perdei" from I Puritani by composer Vincenzo Bellini. English subtitles of the sung Italian text have been edited into the video. Joy Mentzel on piano.
James Myers, baritone, sings the romantic French opera aria, "Vision Fugitive" from Herodiade by Massenet. Both English and French subtitles have been edited into the video for increased clarity and understanding. This is one of James' best operatic pieces. Joy Mentzel on Piano.
James Myers sings The Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Joy Mentzel on Piano.
James Myers sings the role of Count di Luna in this concert production of the opera, Il Trovatore by Verdi. In this scene, Count di Luna refuses Leonora's request that he spare her lover's life. This was a performance with Commonwealth Concert Opera in Richmond, Virginia. English language subtitles have been edited into the video to translate the sung Italian text.
James sings Javert's main song, "Stars" from the musical, "Les Miserables" Joy Mentzel on Piano
James Myers, baritone, sings the aria, "Questo amor" from the opera, Edgar by composer Giacomo Puccini. English language subtitles have been edited into the video to provide a translation of the sung Italian text. Joy Mentzel on Piano.
James Myers sings the opera aria, Il balen del suo sorriso from Il Trovatore. English language subtitles have been edited into the video to provide a translation of the sung Italian text.
James Myers, baritone, sings Melchior's Aria, "Oh Woman You May Keep the Gold" from Amahl and the Night Visitors. This is a short opera in English that tells the story of the Three Wisemen on their way to visit Baby Jesus. In this aria and scene one of the Three Wisemen, King Melchior, explains that the child they seek will one day be a King who does not ask for gold but is rather a champion for the poor. Joy Mentzel on Piano.
James Myers sings the song, "Where in the World" from the musical, "Phantom" by Maury Yeston. In this scene the phantom contemplates how and where he will find a soprano to fill his opera house with beautiful music. Joy Mentzel on Piano
This is a compilation video edited to show the moments specifically featuring James Myers' performance as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast.
James Myers sings the reprise of the song, "From This Day On" from the musical, Brigadoon by Lerner and Loewe. The song culminates in an optional high G which James sings at the end of the video. This was filmed during the piano dress rehearsal.
A short 3 minute compilation of scenes from 4 different performances. This video is acting only, no singing. James played the roles of Sam Kaplan in street Scene by Kurt Weill, the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Tommy Albright in Brigadoon and Edward Rutledge in 1776. James is available for hire as an actor, singer and voice actor.