(photo: Faye Thomas)

James Oxley (tenor) was brought up in Suffolk and, following his studies on the ’cello at the Royal College of Music, was awarded a scholarship to Oxford. He subsequently developed his singing, working with Rudolf Piernay, Paul Farrington and Eric Tappy. He is currently Head of Singing at Rugby School.

James has worked with many orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Manchester Camerata, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Les Talents Lyriques, Il Fondamento, Philharmonia Baroque, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, WienerAkademie, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. He has appeared at the Göttingen Handel Festival and with L’Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing.

Opera productions include Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea (ENO), Merkur in Strauss Die Liebe der Danae and Stroh Intermezzo (Garsington), Purcell King Arthur (Opéra Comique de Paris), Belmonte Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Spoleto Festival), Lurcanio Handel Ariodante (Covent Garden Festival/Curnyn), the title role in Bernstein Candide and Steersman The Flying Dutchman (Opera de Rouen), Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Ferrando Così fan tutte (all with Opera de Rennes).

Recent and future highlights include Mendelssohn’s St Paul at Three Choirs Festival, Bach’s St John Passion with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Jephtha with the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Handel’s Messiah with the NDR Radiophilharmonie (Hanover) and with the Ulster Orchestra, and the role of Madwoman Curlew River for Opéra de Dijon.