About James

James EderSelect Credits: Gianni Schicchi (Guccio), #UncleJohn/Don Giovanni (Leporello), and La bohème (Colline) with Opera Columbus; Ariadne auf Naxos (Truffaldino), La Traviata (Dottore Grenvil), and Another Brick in the Wall (The Judge, U.S. Premiere) with Cincinnati Opera; Nabucco (High Priest of Baal), Die Zauberflöte (Second Armored Guard, Sarastro cover), and Roméo et Juliette (Frère Laurent cover) with Sarasota Opera; Xerxes (Elviro) with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; La bohème (Alcindoro/Benoit) with Knoxville Opera.
Education: University of Tennessee (Master of Music, 2016), Ohio State University (Bachelor of Music, 2014).

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To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 2

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour C

Cocktails, Concerts and Conversations, Week 4

"The Quintessential Laid Back Bass" (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

Week Four Master Class

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Opera Invasion 3: Miller Bell Tower Sing-a-long

Week Nine Master Class

Opera Invasion 4: Grand Finale - A Musical Tour of the Institution Grounds

Young Artist Interview

James Eder Bonze Madama Butterfly Chattanooga Symphony and Opera 2017Q: What is your hometown?
A: I was born in Cleveland, OH though I currently live in Columbus.

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: The first opera I saw was Don Giovanni. It was on March 22, 2011, making me 21. I saw it at Severence Hall in Cleveland, with the Cleveland Orchestra in the pit, Franz Welser- Möst conducting, and Simon Keenleyside in the title role.

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A: The first opera I performed was Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten. It was only a few months after having seen my first live opera.

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: One of my favorite characters is Figaro from Il barbiere di Siviglia. I have always loved the way he weaves his way through the story with ease and his facility for deception. Though not an educated person, he is clever enough to outwit anyone.

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: Samuel Ramey, Kurt Moll, Cesare Siepi - Some of the most iconic basses of their time.

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: There is nothing like a live performance and the energy that comes from real people performing right in front of you. The Godfather is a masterpiece but it’s the same Godfather every time you watch it. An opera has the opportunity to be fresh and different with every single performance.

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: Oooooo tough question… I’m going to have to say cookies n’ cream.

Photo caption: James Eder as The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.