Olds James 2017

James Olds, 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Quarter-Finalist

Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship: James Olds

Bass-Baritone James Olds holds a Masters of Music in Performance from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

In 2016, James performed the role of The Officer in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for Opera Australia and has been an active member of the Opera Australia Extra Chorus since 2009.

He was the recipient of both the Sanderson Award and the Hawaiian Performing Arts Festival Prize in the 2016 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award and was the Winner of the 34th National Liederfest, which secured him a scholarship at the Franz Schubert-Institut in Austria where he worked with Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Andreas Schmidt, Robert Holl and Rudolf Jansen.

In 2013, he toured the UK and France with Diva Opera, again performing the role of The Officer in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and was a Finalist in the The Australian Music Foundation Awards at Wigmore Hall. While in London, James performed the role of Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for St. Paul’s Opera and the roles of Rocco (Fidelio), Leporello (Don Giovanni), and Dr. Dulcamara (L’elisir D’amor) for Guildhall Postgraduate Opera at the Milton Court Theatre.