James Westman
Baritone

Internationally acclaimed Canadian Baritone, James Westman, “acts as impressively as he sings, stealing the show.” – London, England Financial Times

Whether performing song, concert or opera throughout the world, Westman remains passionately vigilant for both healing and discovering human nature through his art.

Formerly a successful boy treble, Mr. Westman toured with the American Boys Choir, the Paris Boys Choir and the Vienna Boys Choir. Known as Jamie Westman, he was the first boy ever to perform the fourth movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 4, (Childs View of Heaven) and toured this work with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, East and West Germany and Russia, performing in the Musikverein, Roy Thompson Hall and Carnegie Hall at the young age of twelve.

Mr. Westman was Baritone in Residence with the prestigious San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship program until March 2000. His critically acclaimed performances at the San Francisco Opera include Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte); Marcello (La Boheme); Sylvio (Paggliaci); Germont (La Traviata); Renato (Ballo in Maschera); Sid (Albert Herring); and the First Philosopher (Louise).

Since being an Adler, this young Verdi-baritone has performed the leading roles of Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Donizetti, Yanacek, Bizet, Britten and Mozart for many principal Opera houses in North America and Europe including; the Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe, Montreal, Chicago, Vancouver, English National Opera, Los Angeles, San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, New York, Detroit, Dallas Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Wexford Festival Ireland, Graz, Cologne and many more!

His Debut with the English National Opera marked his 100th professional performance of his calling card role ‘Germont’ from Verdi’s La Traviata. In 2012, Westman, created the leading role (Sandy Keith) of Bramwel Toveys new Opera “The Inventor”; to rave reviews!

James Westman thrives at art song repertoire in many different styles and genres. He has preformed recitals for The Marilyn Horne Foundation, The George London Foundation, The Aldeburgh Connection, the Canadian Arts and Letters Club, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Stratford Summer Music Festival, the Schawbacher Debut Recital Series, the Michigan Chamber Music Society, the Lanaudière Festival, the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique, the Wexford Festival, Ireland and the symposiast’s of Toronto Society, to name a few.

His success on the concert stage since eight years of age continues to blossom, performing with many of the world’s leading Orchestras. He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Arts Orchestra, Ottawa, Vancouver Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. He performed Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra; Berlioz’ seldom performed Romeo and Juliette with the Edmonton Symphony and the Toronto Symphony; and Mendlessohn’s Elijah and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Vancouver Symphony. He has performed solo Gala concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Thirteen Strings and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Mr. Westman has placed first place among all international competitions in which he has participated; including the George London Competition (1997), the D’angelo Competition (1997), the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique (1996), and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation (1999). Marylin Horne Foundation Award (1999) In June of 1999 he was a finalist and the audience favorite award at the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Previous season performances include Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Dallas Opera and Santa Fe Opera; Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata for Vancouver Opera; Talbot in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda for Opera de Montreal; Sandy Keith in Tovey’s The Inventor for Calgary Opera; Messiah with the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir; Beethoven’s 9th with the Indianapolis Symphony; recording and performing Britten’s War Requiem in Japan under Seiji Osawa for Decca Records. He performed at Houston Grand Opera’s 50th anniversary Gala with Sir Elton John, Bryn Terfel, Frederica Von Stade, and Renee Fleming, hosted by Sir Roger Moore.

Upcoming season appearances include: Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor for Minnesota Opera; Count Di Luna in Verdi’s Il Trovatore for Opera Hamilton; Sandy Keith in Tovey’s The Inventor for Vancouver Symphony; record The Inventor under CBC records; Alfred in Die Fledermaus for the Canadian Opera Company; Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff for Calgary Opera; Last night of the Proms with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and recording English, American, and Canadian songs on CD for Sony BMG, England with Stuart Bedford.

James Westman has studied with such renowned artists as Dame Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Renato Capecchi, Paul Esswood, John F.M. Wood, Carl Duggan, Louis Marshall, Patricia Kern, Régine Crespin, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Virginia Zeani, Marlena Malas, Theadore Uppman, Diane Forlano, and Marilyn Horne.

Mr. Westman lives by the Avon in Stratford, Ontario, Canada with his wife Nadine (Dini) and their two sons Liam and Hardy; situated close to the Westman’s and Marshall / Levy heritage farms which have been in his family since the 1700’s!

‘’Westman is one of Canada's most promising Opera singers, with a lush, soaring, flexible voice that equips him to be a Verdi and Puccini baritone and therefore heir to some of the most coveted roles in Opera." – Paula  Citron, The Globe and Mail

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