James is a director working in opera and theatre. He read English at Cambridge University before completing an MPhil in American Literature, specialising in dramatist David Mamet. He has worked on the directing staff at the Royal National Theatre, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, and Opera North.

As Director
Opera/Theatre
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Kilden Teater-og Konserthus); L'OSPEDALE (Wilton's Music Hall & Aldeburgh Music); IDOMENEO (Blackheath Halls Opera); LA RONDINE (Factory 7); I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (Pop-Up Opera; filmed by BBC/British Council for Shakespeare 400); IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI (Pop-Up Opera); THE SELFISH GIANT (Opera North); AIDA, L'ELISIR D'AMORE (Riverside Opera); CARMEN (Sadler's Wells); A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Spitalfields Market); THE BARTERED BRIDE, MADAME BUTTERFLY (Surrey Opera); SEMELE, THE MAGIC FLUTE, DIDO & AENEAS, VENUS & ADONIS (Hampstead Garden Opera); THE MIKADO (Arts Theatre, Cambridge); SUOR ANGELICA (Beethoven Ensemble); BRUNDIBAR, THE LITTLE SWEEP, NOYE'S FLUDDE (Blackheath Halls Children's Opera)

Workshops & Devised
THE WOODS (National Theatre Studio); THE SUITCASE AND ME - SONGS FROM THERESIENSTADT (Trinity Laban Conservatoire); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Blackheath Halls)

Short-film
RECITAL (co-director; Cheddon Films); NOT IN SERVICE (Trapdoor Films); A BEAUTIFUL PURSUIT (CineCam)

Education
POSTGRADUATE OPERA SCENES (Royal College of Music; Trinity Laban Conservatoire)

As Creative Director
OPERA DI PERONI, 2012-2013; devised and directed contemporary site-specific stagings of Italian opera for Spring/Summer (external locations) and Autumn/Winter (warehouse spaces) seasons.

As Revival Director
THE MAGIC FLUTE (English Touring Opera; prod. Liam Steel); MADAME BUTTERFLY (Opera North; prod. Tim Albery)
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