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.
He has already built up an impressive list of credits with many national and international performing companies. For Opera Australia, James has sung the Henchman in Batavia and the Bird Seller in Der Rosenkavalier. For the Belcanto Festival in The Netherlands, he performed Elvino in La sonnambula and Don Carissimo in La Dirindina; for Melbourne Opera, the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Nadir in The Pearlfishers; 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.
On the concert platform, James Egglestone has sung the tenor solos in Haydn’s Creation, Bach's St. John Passion and the Bach Cantatas Nos. 21 and 137.
In recent seasons, he has sung Ismaele in Nabucco, Pluto inOrpheus in the Underworld and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for West Australian Opera, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte for Victorian Opera, Laurie in Little Women for State Opera of South Australia, Francesco in The Gondoliers for Opera Australia, Rodolfo in La bohème and Count Almaviva for Melbourne Opera; James 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 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 in Little Women.
Recent appearances on the operatic stage have included Nadir in The Pearlfishers for West Australian Opera and State Opera of South Australia, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw for Victorian Opera, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera Australia and Ishmael in Moby-Dick for the State Opera of South Australia
In 2012, James Egglestone will sing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, Lysander in Brisbane, Rodolfo for State Opera of South Australia and will take the tenor solos in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 for the Sydney Symphony under Vladamir Ashkenazy.