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James Doing (Tenor)

Born: USA

The American lyric tenor, James Doing, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (MM and BFA).

James Doing has worked extensively in stage, radio, television, and recording productions, maintaining an active and multi-faceted career. While completing his studies at the University of Connecticut, he participated in the AGMA young artist apprenticeship programs at Lake George (1983) and Santa Fe (1984). From Santa Fe, he was invited to join the Netherlands Opera Studio to pursue further training and launch an international career in opera. In 1995, following 11 years in Holland, he returned to the USA to become Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at the University of Missouri–Columbia. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Voice at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2001.

James Doing specializes in the operas of W.A. Mozart and the concert music of the Baroque period, especially that of J.S. Bach. He has appeared at all three opera companies and every major orchestra in Holland, and has sung with opera companies elsewhere in Europe, including Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, and Stuttgart. Operatic engagements in the USA include the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Glimmerglass Opera, Madison Opera, Florentine Opera (Milwaukee), Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Santa Fe Opera.

James Doing's concert credits number nearly 100 as the Evangelist (with arias) in J.S. Bach's St. Matthew (BWV 244) and St. John passions (BWV 245) and frequent solo roles in J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and Georg Frideric Handel's Messiah. He made his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony in 1998 and with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and Bach Choir Holland in 1999. As a respected interpreter of 20th-century music, he has been invited to the Holland, South Bank, and Aldeburgh festivals, among many others.

James Doing's current and former students have won competitions and sung nationally with New York City Opera, other regional opera companies, and in the young artist programs of Santa Fe, Merola, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Central City. Since 1994, he has collaborated with the noted voice scientist Donald Miller (Voice Research Lab, Groningen, the Netherlands) on the application of visual feedback from real-time spectrum analysis and electroglottography in the instruction of voice. This collaboration has led to co-authorship of two articles.

James Doing may be heard in choral, orchestral, and solo recordings on Accord, Nonesuch, Opera Rara/Marco Polo, 3M Nederland, and Evangeliums Rundfunk labels.

Source: Scool of Music - University of Wisconsin-Madison Website (October 2003)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2006)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Martin Dicke / John Jost


Video: BWV 244 [Evangelist], BWV 248

Robert Gehrenbeck


BWV 245 [Evangelist]

Gary McKercher


BWV 232, BWV 248/1, 2 & 5 [2nd]

Jos Vermunt


BWV 244 [sung in Dutch]

Links to other Sites

James Doing, Voice (Scool of Music - University of Wisconsin-Madison)


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