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. Critically acclaimed performances in 2016 have placed him at the forefront of the new generation of young tenors.
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 two year contract by the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, where his repertoire has included: Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur); Fenton (Falstaff); Macduff (Macbeth); Freddy (My Fair Lady); Jonas (Le prophète) and Froh (Das Rheingold).
Further repertoire includes: Alfredo (La traviata); Cavaradossi (Tosca); Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto); Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera); and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly).
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. 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.