James Creswell

Bass

Biography

“There is amongst the cast one unequivocally great voice: that of James Creswell, the best American bass I’ve heard since Sam Ramey debuted at Glyndebourne in the late 1970s, magnificently rich, dark and wholly secure, with flawless emission – and of quite thrilling scale.” (Opera Britannia)

American bass James Creswell has established himself as one of the leading basses of his generation. Born in Seattle Washington, James graduated from Yale University and his early career included apprenticeships with Los Angeles Opera and San Francisco Opera until moving to Germany as a soloist with the Komische Opera Berlin.

Mr Creswell has appeared at the Dutch National Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Bilbao Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Theater an der Wien, Opéra de Bordeaux, Angers-Nantes Opéra,  English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, Nederlandse Reisopera, Tallinn Festival, Ravinia Festival and Bergen International Festival.

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Reviews

“There is amongst the cast one unequivocally great voice: that of James Creswell, the best American bass I’ve heard since Sam Ramey debuted at Glyndebourne in the late 1970s, magnificently rich, dark and wholly secure, with flawless emission – something pretty much at a discount nearly everywhere else – and of quite thrilling scale.”

Stephen Jay-Taylor

Opera Britannia

“James Creswell seems almost luxury casting as Pogner, his singer is so radiant.”

Andrew Clements

The Guardian