James Edgar Knight a young tenor who possesses a large, bladed voice of great beauty, which he employs with great technical skill and considerable artistry.
James Edgar Knight trained at Mannes College, The New School, and at The Juilliard School. In 2014, as part of his Masters Degree in Music, he covered principal roles in three Lindemann Young Artist Development Program productions. 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, James Edgar Knight was offered a Fest contract by the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where his repertoire has included: Alfredo (La traviata), Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Fenton (Falstaff), Macduff (Macbeth), Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur); Freddy (My Fair Lady); Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette), Jonas (Le prophète) Erste Gralsritter (Parsifal) and Froh (Das Rheingold).
Further repertoire includes: Cavaradossi (Tosca); Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly); and Roméo (Roméo et Juliette).
James Edgar Knight has undertaken studies with a wide range of prominent singers and conductors, including Martina Arroyo, Neil Shicoff, James Levine and, for three consecutive years, was invited to participate in the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie.
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 artform.