James Judd enjoys an active performance career both regionally and beyond. He has performed a variety of concert and chamber works as a tenor soloist, including Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Händel’s Messiah, Honegger’s Le Roi David, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Some of Mr. Judd’s operatic roles include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, the title role in La clemenza di Tito, Alfredo in Die Fledermaus, Asgar in the United States Premiere of Arshin mal alan, Claude in the World Premiere of The Fall of Stag Lee, and most recently Jonathan Dale and Der Kronprinz in the Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night of Kevin Putz.
Additionally, James is an avid choral artist. He sang under Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony for multiple years, performing many of the great choral and symphonic masterworks. He was and is involved in many newer choral ensembles as well, including Constellation Men’s Ensemble and Buffalo’s own QED.
James has participated as a Young Artist at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Opera Saratoga, and Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. He holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from The University of Iowa, as well as Bachelors of Music in both Education and Vocal Performance from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied voice and choral conducting with the late Dr. Gerald Gray.