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James Young

BARITONE
RECIPIENT OF THE PINCHES FAMILY TRUST SCHOLARSHIP

24-year-old Australian Baritone James Young began his classical vocal training eight years ago and has worked with many esteemed teachers and coaches. Highlights from 2017-2018 include lead roles in Don Giovanni as ‘Masetto’ and the Australian premiere of Copland’s rarely performed The Second Hurricane. This is James’ second year in the Opera Scholars Australia Program.

James was the 2017 recipient of the West Gippsland Eisteddfod's Tim Pretty Classical Vocal Scholarship and the Classical Vocal Perpetual Most Promising (Open). He also placed second in the prestigious Wollongong Eisteddfod Operatic Aria Championship in 2017. James has found success in a number of other eisteddfods and competitions, reaching the semi-finals of the 2016 Herald Sun Aria Competition.

Performance highlights from 2017-2018 include lead roles in Don Giovanni as ‘Masetto’ and the Australian premiere of Copland’s rarely performed The Second Hurricane. James has performed in Melbourne productions of The Pirates of Penzance as the ‘Pirate King’ and as ‘Passarino’ in The Phantom of the Opera.