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James Westman

James Westman baritone

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

His success on the concert stage continues to flourish and he has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras. He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Vancouver Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. He was featured in Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra, in Berlioz’ seldom performed Romeo et Juliette with the Edmonton Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Vancouver Symphony. He has performed solo Gala concerts with the Boston, San Francisco, Baltimore and Indianapolis symphonies, as well as with Thirteen Strings and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa.

Mr. Westman placed first in all the 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) and Marilyn Horne Foundation Award (1999). In June of 1999 he was a finalist and the audience favorit at the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Recent performance credits include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Dallas Opera and Santa Fe Opera; Germont  La traviata for Vancouver Opera; Talbot in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda for Opéra de Montréal; Sandy Keith in Tovey’s The Inventor remounted for Calgary Opera; Messiah with the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir; Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Indianapolis Symphony; plus 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: Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff for Calgary Opera and Opera Hamilton; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Opera Lyra Ottawa at the National Arts Centre; Sandy Keith in Tovey’s The Inventor for Vancouver Symphony; record The Inventor for CBC records; Carmina Burana with Toronto and Vancouver symphonies; and recording a CD of English, American, and Canadian songs  for Sony BMG, England with Stuart Bedford.

James Westman’s professional development has been influenced by such renowned artists as Dame Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Renato Capecchi, Paul Esswood, John F.M. Wood, Carl Duggan, Lois Marshall, Patricia Kern, Régine Crespin, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Virginia Zeani, Marlena Malas, Theodore Uppman, Diane Forlano, and Marilyn Horne.

Nominated for two Grammy awards and three Canadian Juno awards, Westman has recorded for Decca, Opera Rara, CBC and BBC.

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, with a lush, soaring, flexible voice that equips him to be a Verdi and Puccini baritone, is heir to some of the most coveted roles in Opera."

– Paula  Citron, The Globe and Mail

September 2013


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