James Flora

Biography

American tenor James Flora, hailed for his “resonant, impeccably-trained voice and fearlessness to his singing”, has received acclaim in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to works by Carlisle Floyd and Daron Hagen where he sang Louis Sullivan from Hagen’s Shining Brow at Frank Lloyd Wright’s 20th century masterpiece: Fallingwater. He made his Pittsburgh Opera debut as Fenton in Falstaff, and has since returned for seven productions, including Carmen, Turandot, Lucia di Lammermoor, and most recently as 2nd Jew alongside the Salome of Patricia Racette. James has performed leading roles in opera companies across the United States, including Alfredo (La traviata), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Rodolfo (La bohème), Don José (Carmen), appearing with companies including Washington Concert Opera, Arizona Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera Columbus and others. Equally at home on the symphonic stage, he has sung with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic, and recently debuted with the La Voz Humana: Lenguajes Múltiples festival in Cuba with Maestro Leo Brouwer and guitar virtuoso Joaquin Clerch. James’ upcoming performances include a debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca with Opera Company of Middlebury, where has previously been seen as Nicias (Thaïs) and Mitch (A Streetcar Named Desire). He will also sing a recital in Lake Tahoe with the Tahoe Chamber Music Society this summer. James has sung with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus under Maestro Donald Palumbo in their most recent productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg and Fidelio.

James was a Young American Artist with Glimmerglass Opera, a Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera, and a Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist with Arizona Opera where he made his operatic debut as Malcolm in Verdi’s Macbeth. In 2010, James was a Richard Tucker finalist. He holds voice degrees from The Ohio State University (B.M. in Vocal Performance, Summa cum laude) and Florida State University (M.M. in Vocal Performance).

He is currently on the voice faculty of Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and has served on the voice faculties of University of Nevada, Reno, Central Michigan University, Otterbein University, and Point Park University and is a member of NATS and AGMA. James has students performing on and off Broadway in productions of Hamilton, Urinetown, Shrek the Musical, and Rent and has students in Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. He is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Tito Gobbi Italian Summer Program on the grounds of the Gobbi Villa in Rome, Italy.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Puccini Cavaradossi Tosca Opera Company of Middlebury 2019
Bizet Don José Carmen Amherst College 2019
Previn Mitch A Streetcar Named Desire Opera Company of Middlebury 2018
Verdi Alfredo La traviata Erie Chamber Orchestra 2017
R. Strauss Second Jew Salome Pittsburgh Opera 2016
Bizet Don José Carmen the Gypsy Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh Summerfest 2016
Puccini Pinkerton Madama Butterfly Erie Chamber Orchestra 2016
Purcell Sailor Dido and Aeneas Opera Company of Middlebury 2015
R. Strauss Ein alter Mann/Der Herzogs Narr Guntram Washington Concert Opera 2015
Mozart Tamino Die Zauberflöte Erie Chamber Orchestra 2015
Verdi Alfredo La traviata Opera Company of Middlebury 2014
Adamo Laurie Little Women Opera on the James 2014
Hagen Louis Sullivan Shining Brow Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2013
Puccini Rodolfo La bohème Opera Columbus 2012
Massenet Nicias Thaïs Opera Company of Middlebury 2012
Bizet Don José Carmen Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2012
Verdi Uldino Attila Washington Concert Opera 2011
Tchaikovsky Count Vaudemont Iolanta Russian Opera Workshop 2011
Poulenc L’Aumonier Dialogues de Carmélites Pittsburgh Opera 2011
Puccini Pang Turandot Pittsburgh Opera 2011
Donizetti Arturo/Edgardo (cover) Lucia di Lammermoor Pittsburgh Opera 2010
Bizet Dancaïro/Don José (cover) Carmen Pittsburgh Opera 2010
Britten Male Chorus (cover) The Rape of Lucretia Pittsburgh 2010
Verdi Fenton Falstaff Pittsburgh Opera 2009
Tchaikovsky Lensky (cover) Eugene Onegin Pittsburgh Opera 2009
Verdi Gastone (cover) La traviata Glimmerglass Opera 2009
Puccini Spoletta Tosca Arizona Opera 2009
Mozart Don Ottavio (cover) Don Giovanni Arizona Opera 2009
Donizetti Nemorino (cover) L’elisir d’amore Arizona Opera 2009
Gilbert and Sullivan Nanki-Poo (cover) The Mikado Arizona Opera 2008
Verdi Gastone/Alfredo (cover) La traviata Arizona Opera 2008
Mozart First Armored Man/Tamino (cover) Die Zauberflöte Arizona Opera 2008
J. Strauss Jr. Alfred (cover) Die Fledermaus (English) Arizona Opera 2007
Floyd Elder Gleaton Susannah Arizona Opera 2007
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work Company Year
Bernstein Bernstein Concert Reno Philharmonic 2018
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 University of Redlands 2018
Various A New York New Year’s Eve North State Symphony 2016
Rorem Evidence of Things Not Seen Resonance Works 2016
Haydn/Bach Lord Nelson Mass/Cantata BWV 4 SouthEast Ohio Symphony Orchestra 2016
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Alexandria Symphony Orchestra 2015
Various 10th Anniversary Gala Opera on the James 2015
Handel Messiah SouthEast Ohio Symphony Orchestra 2014
Bach Cantatas BWV 61 & 147 St. Vincent Camerata 2013
Handel Messiah The Mississippi Chorus 2013
Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore St. Vincent Camerata 2012
Haydn Lord Nelson Mass St. Vincent Camerata 2012
Various Italian Opera Concert Buffalo Philharmonic 2011
Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) Pittsburgh Symphony 2011
Schumann Dichterliebe Pittsburgh Opera 2011
Various Gems: Opera Gala Arizona Opera 2008
Various Opera Gala Flagstaff Symphony 2007

In The Press

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

“Deep vocal and personal sensitivity marked tenor James Flora as Mitch, Blanche’s would-be suitor.” – The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

SALOME

“In the important, intricate quintet of Jews arguing over details of law, Michael Papincak, James Flora, Adam Bonanni and Eric Ferring (joined by bass Andy Berry) negotiated the knotty musical texture with an admirable degree of accuracy.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“For accuracy in an intricate moment, the ensemble work of the quintet of Jews (Michael Papincak, James Flora, Adam Bonani, Eric Ferring and Andy Berry) deserves particular praise.” – Opera News

CARMEN THE GYPSY

“Kara Cornell and James Flora are the self-destructive Carmen and Don José, and both sing with rich, beautiful voices.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

“James Flora, as Don José…sang…with a strong tenor voice of nice quality. His acting of the part matched Ms. Cornell’s intensity when necessary, and in the final, fatal moments of the opera, their altercation was quite a physical one – not excessively brutal, but far more effective than any the writer has seen lately.” – Pittsburgh in the Round

GUNTRAM

“Tenor James Flora brought a resonant, impeccably-trained voice and fearlessness to his singing as ein Alter Mann and der Herzogs Narr, first touchingly ruing the condition of his homeland and then soaring above the staff in the Fool’s interjections.” -Voix Des Arts

LA TRAVIATA

“Tenor James Flora, as Alfredo, had a beautiful lyrical delivery…he was convincing and sang beautifully and dramatically.” -Vermont Today

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

“In the last act, wedding celebrations are interrupted by news that Lucia has murdered Arturo, who was impressively sung by the young tenor James Flora.” -Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

FALSTAFF

“Fenton was well cast in the person of James Flora, who held his lyrical tenor voice back to keep in character of the young lover.” -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“James Flora was delightful as Fenton, a fine romantic partner for Nannetta.” -Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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