British bass James Platt was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
A member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2014-2016 his roles in the house included Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Caronte (Orfeo), Dr Grenvil (La traviata), Frontier Guard (Boris Godunov) and Blansac (Rossini’s La scala di seta).
He made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as High priest of Baal (Nabucco) and, as a Jerwood Young Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival he sang the role of Notary (Don Pasquale). Other roles include Dr Grenvil for Scottish Opera, Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) for Opera North, First Soldier (Salome) for the Dutch National Opera and Ortel (Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg) at La Scala, Milan.
Concert appearances include Polyphemus (Acis & Galatea) with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, Messiah with the Hallé Orchestra and Christian Curnyn, Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre National de Lyon and Leonard Slatkin, Dvořák’s Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Hallé Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the BBC Proms with the BBC Singers/David Hill and Nino’s Ghost in Rossini’s Semiramide at the BBC Proms with the OAE and Sir Mark Elder.
Other recordings include Notary (Don Pasquale) (Opus Arte DVD), Handel’s Messiah (Resonus) and Semiramide (Opera Rara).
'I was particularly impressed by the wonderful true bass of James Platt'