The English baritone, James Holliday, sang as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral School (1981-1990); studied at Radley College in Abingdon, Oxfordshire (1990-1995); and sang as a Lay Clerk at Winchester Cathedral (2002-2006). He studied for four years at the Royal Collerge of Music (RCM) in London (2006-2010), where he won numerous awards including MBFís inaugural Richard Van Allan award and the 10th Hampshire Singer of the Year competition. He completed his studies at the prestigious National Opera Studio, London (2010-2011).
Alongside his position in EXAUDI, James Holliday is a member of the BBC Singers and works regularly with Tenebrae (Director: Nigel Short), Ensemble Plus Ultra, The Sixteen (Director: Harry Christophers), I Fagiolini (Director: Robert Hollingworth), Gabrieli Consort (Director: Paul McCreesh) and The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips). He has given recitals at various UK festivals and is a regular oratorio performer in the UK and Europe.
Opera roles from RCM productions included Bottom in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Nightís Dream and Sarastro in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. He made his debut with English National Opera (ENO) in Wolfgang Rihmís Jakob Lenz, and also performed Billy Jackrabbit in Girl of the Golden West with them. He has also performed Nick Shadow in Igor Stravinsky's The Rakeís Progress and King Heinrich in Lohengrin with Ostrava Opera Company, and Colline in La Boheme with Opera North.