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James Harrington

D.M.A., University of Wisconsin M.M., Florida State University B.M., Berklee College of Music

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American bass James Harrington made his main stage debut at Santa Fe Opera as Billy Jackrabbit in Fanciulla del west and Diener 4 in Strauss' Capriccio. He has been seen in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Wagner at companies including Portland Opera, Nashville Opera, Utah Festival Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera in the Heights, and Pacific Northwest Opera.

Harrington is the author of Building a Career in Opera from School to Stage: Operapreneurship (Routledge 2020) and has given related lectures at Yale Opera, NYU, the University of Memphis, and Utah State University, among others. Among his performing and research interests are arts entrepreneurship, gamification in the applied studio, and Korean art song and diction.

He is currently Assistant Professor of Voice at the Fredonia School of Music at SUNY Fredonia, where he has taught classical, musical theatre, and jazz students since the Fall of 2021. He holds degrees from Berklee College of Music, Florida State University, and expects to complete his DMA from the University of Wisconsin soon. In his spare time, he plays board games, hand-binds books, and flies planes.

Office Hours

  • Monday: 3:00-4:00
  • Wednesday: 4:00-5:00

Teaching Interests

Applied Voice (unamplified/classical technique, jazz, musical theatre)
Arts Entrepreneurship
Song Literature (Korean, Great American Songbook, Multi-Genre)

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship & professional development for performing artists
Pedagogical and acoustic considerations for bass/baritone voices
Vocal jazz pedagogy & vocalese
Multimedia innovation to the song recital format
German laborers’ and community choral tradition
Korean art song, diction, & language


Professional Membership

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • National Opera Association
  • College Music Society


  • "JP Morgan, The Lives and Dreams of Nikola Tesla," @ Experiments in Opera (2024).
  • "Armonía sin fronteras (Recital)," @ ISA-Univ. de las Artes, Havana, Cuba (2024).
  • "Bass Soloist, Requiem (Mozart)," @ Western NY Chamber Orchestra (2023).
  • "Sarastro, The Magic Flute," @ Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (2023).
  • "Hunding, Die Walküre (Act I)," @ SUNY-Fredonia (2022).
  • "Aïda," , Opera Idaho (N/A).
  • "Ring an einem Abend," , Pacific Northwest Opera (N/A).
  • "La bohème," , Pacific Northwest Opera (N/A).
  • "Messa di Requiem (Verdi)," , Metropolitan Chorale (MA) (N/A).
  • "Tancredi rifatto," , Teatro Nuovo (N/A).
  • "Die Zauberflöte," , Opera in the Heights (N/A).
  • "Lucia di Lammermoor," , Santa Fe Opera (N/A).
  • "Songs of Love and War," , Portland Opera (N/A).
  • "Capriccio," , Santa Fe Opera (N/A).
  • "La fanciulla del West," , Santa Fe Opera (N/A).
  • "Mass in E-flat (Schubert)," , Tallahassee Community Chorus (N/A).
  • "Carousel," , Utah Festival Opera (N/A).
  • "Life and Times of Nicola Tesla," , Opera America New Works Festival (N/A).
  • "The Creation," , Tallahassee Community Chorus (N/A).
  • "The Rake’s Progress," , Florida State Opera (N/A).
  • "Otello," , Nashville Opera (N/A).
  • "Life and Times of Nicola Tesla," , American Opera Projects (N/A).
  • "H.M.S. Pinafore," , Opera New Jersey (N/A).
James Harrington

James Harrington

Assistant Professor
Jazz Studies
Music Performance

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(716) 673-3151
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