Dual Helpmann Award-winning James Egglestone is one of Australia’s finest young tenors. He is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melba Conservatorium of Music and a recipient of the 2004 Johnston Bequest and the 2004 Belcanto Scholarship – these awards enabled James to study in Italy and The Netherlands respectively.
Early professional engagements included Elvino in La Sonnambula and Don Carissimo in La Dirindina (Belcanto Festival, The Netherlands); for Melbourne Opera, the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute, Rodolfo in La bohème and Nadir in The Pearl Fishers; Pang in Turandot for the Puccini Festival of Australia and Remendado in Carmen for West Australian Opera. For the Castlemaine Festival in 2005, James created the role in the one-man opera Tell Tale Heart.
In 2007, he sang leading roles in The Love of the Nightingale for West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera (for which he won the Helpmann Award as Best Male Singer in a Supporting Role); he won the same award in 2008 for his performance as Laurie in Little Women for State Opera of South Australia.
In recent seasons, he has sung Nadir, Ismaele in Nabucco, Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for West Australian Opera; Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw for Victorian Opera; Ishmael in Moby-Dick for State Opera of South Australia. He has also appeared in concert with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, West Australian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the Twilite Orchestra, Jakarta.
In 2012, James Egglestone sang Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera Australia, Rodolfo for State Opera of South Australia and the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Appearances in 2013/2014 include Lensky in Eugene Onegin and Cassio in Otello for Opera Australia and concert engagements with the Melbourne, Queensland, Darwin and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.