"James Kee's voice seemed particularly beautiful"
-The Washington Post-

Possessing a “beautifully toned, flexible and color-rich voice” (Opernglas), James J Kee is garnering acclaim as an up-and-coming dramatic tenor.

Mr. Kee has worked in houses such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Palm Beach Opera, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and Volkstheater Rostock in such roles as Ismaele in Nabucco, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias and the Knusperhexe in Hänsel und Gretel.

Recent performances for the dramatic tenor include Beethoven's 9th symphony and Ismaele in Nabucco, both with Volkstheater Rostock.

Mr. Kee has received a number of prestigious awards, including the 2nd prize in the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, 1st prize in the Mario Lanza Competition, the Conductor's Prize from Opera Index and 3rd prize in the Middle Atlantic Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.

With a passion for new music, Mr. Kee has recorded and performed many new works from composers such as Ned Rorem, Richard Danielpour, Jake Heggie and Andre Previn.

Like many dramatic tenors, Mr. Kee began his career as a baritone, before making a switch to tenor with the help of Robert Gambill. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Mr. Kee has worked in masterclasses with artists such as Marilyn Horne, Dolora Zajick, Thomas Hampson and James Levine.


Beethoven Fidelio Florestan
Bizet Carmen Don José
Britten Billy Budd Edward Fairfax Vere
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Knusperhexe
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Canio
Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana Turiddu
Mozart La clemenza di Tito Tito
Idomeneo Idomeneo
Puccini La fanciulla del West Dick Johnson
Madama Butterfly Pinkerton
Tosca Cavaradossi
Turandot Calaf
Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Bacchus
Salome Herodes/Narraboth
J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Eisenstein
Verdi Luisa Miller Rodolfo
Macbeth Macduff
Nabucco Ismaele
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Erik
Die Walküre Siegmund
Weber Der Freischütz Max

Live Recordings

Ismaele Excerpts from Verdi's Nabucco


Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen

Ned Rorem's Miss Julie & Aftermath