Born in Sussex, tenor James Way graduated with a first class honours degree in music from King’s College London before continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Susan Waters, where he is supported by the Guildhall Trust, the Drake Calleja Trust, Countess of Munster Trust, the Behrens Foundation and the Mario Lanza Foundation. He was awarded the 2016 Simon Sandbach Award from Garsington Opera, the ‘most promising singer’ award at the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition and is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist.
He recently made his Proms debut as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music in the Last Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo and this season will cover the Governor (Simplicius Simplicissimus) for Independent Opera, perform the role of Davy in Roxanna Panufnik’s new opera Silver Burch for Garsington Opera before joining the young artist programme of Les Arts Florissants Le Jardin des Voix.
Recent highlights include Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Vistola Fiume and Pastore (La liberazione di Ruggiero ) for the Brighton Early Music Festival; a debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the role of the Holy Fool (Boris Godunov ); and step-out arias in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner at Pamplona Baluarte, Lucerne KKL Concert Hall, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw and Bozar, Brussels.
Opera credits include the Ballad Singer (Owen Wingrave ) for the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals (c. Mark Wigglesworth), Gondolier (Death in Venice ) and cover M. Triquet (Eugene Onegin ) both for Garsington Opera, and Ferrando (Così fan tutte ) for Garsington Opera’s Alvarez young artists programme. In recital, he has performed Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and Stephen Hough’s Other Love Songs at the Wigmore Hall and Britten’s Canticle 1 (My Beloved Is Mine ) at the Barbican as part of the LSO Guildhall Artist Platform. He was also selected by pianist Graham Johnson as a member of his Song Guild for a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise at Milton Court.
In 2015 James was selected to study with Peter Schreier as part of the Internationale Mendelssohn- Akademie Leipzig sponsored by the UK Mendelssohn foundation.