"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.
|Britten||Billy Budd||Edward Fairfax Vere|
|Humperdinck||Hansel and Gretel||Knusperhexe|
|Mozart||La clemenza di Tito||Tito|
|Puccini||La fanciulla del West||Dick Johnson|
|Strauss||Ariadne auf Naxos||Bacchus|
|J. Strauss||Die Fledermaus||Eisenstein|
|Wagner||Der fliegende Holländer||Erik|