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James J. Rollins
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Young American baritone James J. Rollins debuted at six regional opera companies this past year to critical acclaim. Recent performances include Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette (Opera North), which was said to have "added spirited notes of courage, wit and humor, all delivered with expressive acting and a crystal clear baritone." (Claremont Eagle Times). "Rollins added a creepy and psychotic persona to Pish-Tush" in The Mikado (Deer Valley Music Festival), said The Deseret News. In DuPage Opera Theater's production of Faust, "Rollins as Valentin was also stellar in his work." (Oak Park Newspaper). Other performances this year include Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Utah Symphony and Opera), Malatesta in the touring production of Don Pasquale (Utah Symphony and Opera), and the title character in Don Giovanni (Capitol Opera Raleigh). Mr. Rollins was recently invited back to Utah Opera to workshop the role of Noah in Ricky Ian Gordon's new opera The Grapes of Wrath with the composer. Upcoming performances include Gregorio in Roméo et Juliette (Utah Symphony and Opera), and Motorcycle Cop in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking (Baltimore Opera-debut).

Previous performance credits include Masetto in Don Giovanni, Angelotti in Tosca, Schaunard and Marcello in La Bohème, Silvano in Un Ballo in Maschera, the Learned Judge in Trial by Jury, Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the Guitar Player in The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County with such companies as Greensboro Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Wildwood Festival of Performing Arts, and Teatro di Urbania, Italy. In addition, Mr. Rollins was the baritone soloist in the Five Mystical Songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams both at Durham Cathedral in England and with the Summer Music Festival in Blowing Rock, NC.

This year, Mr. Rollins was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, and a winner in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, the New York Singing Teacher's Association David Adams Art Song Competition, and the district and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA). Additionally, he completed the Utah Opera Studio Ensemble Program and the Apprenticeship program at Opera North.

Repertoire

Gregorio Roméo et Juliette Utah Symphony and Opera 2005
Pish Tush The Mikado Deer Valley Music Festival 2005
Valentin Faust DuPage Opera Theater 2005
Starveling A Midsummer Night’s Dream Utah Symphony and Opera 2005
Guglielmo (cover) Cosi fan tutte Utah Symphony and Opera 2005
Malatesta Don Pasquale Utah Symphony and Opera Tour 2005
Mercutio (matinee) Roméo et Juliette Opera North 2004
Marcello (scenes) La Bohème Opera North 2004
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Capitol Opera Raleigh 2004
Silvano Un Ballo in Maschera Greensboro Opera 2002
Herald Otello Greensboro Opera 2001
Angelotti (cover) Tosca Greensboro Opera 2000
Samuel The Pirates of Penzance Wildwood Festival 1999
Learned Judge Trial by Jury UNC Greensboro 1999
Melchior Amahl and the Night Visitors UNC Greensboro 1999
Geronio Il Turco in Italia Rutgers University 1998
Guitar Player Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Rutgers Summerfest 1998
Schaunard La Bohème Rutgers University 1997

 

Solo Engagements/Awards

2005 Winner- Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions SC district
2004 Winner- Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition (5th place)
2004

Winner’s Recital- NYSTA: David Adams Art Song Competition

2004 Winner- NYSTA: David Adams Art Song Competition (2nd place)
2004 Winner- NATSAA Mid-Atlantic Region (1st alternate)
2004 Winner- NATSAA District Level (1st place)
2003 Soloist- Five Mystical Songs, Durham Cathedral, England