James Edgar Knight is a young and tall tenor who represents the very best of the new generation of international opera singers. He possesses a large, bladed voice of great beauty, which he employs with considerable technical skill and artistry.
Born in Sydney, Australia, he was trained in New York City at Mannes College and The Juilliard School. As part of his Masters Degree in Music at Juilliard, he was cast in the roles of Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), and Le Doyen de la Faculté (Cendrillon); and, in 2014, covered Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and Vasili (Mavra) for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. In May 2015, two days after his graduation, aged only 25, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Tenor Soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Prior to graduation, Mr. Knight was offered a Fest contract by the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where his repertoire has included: Alfredo (La traviata), Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Macduff (Macbeth), Fenton (Falstaff), Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur), Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette), Jonas (Le prophète), Froh (Das Rheingold), and Freddy (My Fair Lady).
Mr. Knight has undertaken studies with a wide range of prominent singers and conductors, including James Levine, Neil Shicoff, Rockwell Blake, Dan Marek, and Martina Arroyo; and, has won awards in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition and The Opera Index Vocal Competition.
James Edgar Knight embodies a commitment to the art of singing in the tradition of the great Italian masters that brings with it great hope for the future of the art-form. He sings with great intensity, and with extraordinary dynamic and tonal variation. His constant pursuit of excellence shows a commitment to both line and text that is outstanding in an artist of his age.