GAL JAMES
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Israeli spinto-soprano Gal James has established herself in recent years on the European opera and concert stages as an artist of unusual sensitivity and great vocal beauty.

Operatic highlights include Rusalka at Semperoper Dresden, Rachel/La Juive at Opera Vlaanderen, Arabella for Theater St. Gallen and Mimi at the Palau de les Arts Valencia, under Riccardo Chailly (released on DVD), Mimi/La Bohème at Opera Vlaanderen and Rusalka at Vienna State Opera.

Last season, Gal James joined the ensemble of Oper Leipzig, appearing as Contessa/Le Nozze di Figaro, Marguerite/Faust, Liù/Turandot, and giving role debuts as Freia/Das Rheingold, Gutrune/Götterdämmerung and Agathe in Der Freischütz.

In 2017/18, she will perform her first Elisabetta in a new production of Don Carlo and Gerhilde in Walkure for this house, next to her roles from last season. Other highlights for this season include Agathe at the Grafenegg Festspiele, the title role in Goldschmidt’s Beatrice Cenci at the Bregenzer Festspiele and Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with La Verdi in Milan.

A former ensemble member of Oper Graz, her roles for this house have included Jenufa, Rusalka, Manon Lescaut, Eva/Die Meistersinger von Nūrnberg, Contessa/Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna/Don Giovanni, Marguerite/Faust, Desdemona/Otello, Chrysothemis/Elektra, Liù/Turandot, Michaela/Carmen, Marietta/Die tote Stadt and Elsa/Lohengrin

On the concert platform, Gal James has performed Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, a selection of Strauss songs with the Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester at the Wiener Musikverein, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko (both released on CD).

In her home country, she has appeared with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Israeli Philharmonic Singer’s Chorus, at the Jerusalem Music Center, the Abu-Gosh Festival and with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Conductors and directors she has worked with include Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Neeme Järvi, Steven Sloane, Julien Salemkour, Johannes Fritzsch, Ion Marin, Dan Ettinger, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Tomas Netopil, Hervé Niquet, Michael Boder, Stefan Herheim, Peter Konwitschny and Robert Carsen.

Ms James has won several awards, including third prize at the 2006 Belvedere Competition in Vienna, first prize in the 2005 Aviv Vocal competition, first prize at the Voice Competition of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University, her alma mater. After graduating as a cello player, she studied voice, coached by Prof. Mira Zakai. She is a former member of the opera studio of the Staatsoper Berlin and continues to study with Patricia McCaffrey.
 
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GAL JAMES: G. Puccini, La Bohème, Sì, mi chiamano Mimì

GAL JAMES: G. Puccini, La Bohème, Donde Lieta Uscì

GAL JAMES: R. Strauss, Vier Letzte Lieder, Beim Schlafengehn

GAL JAMES: F. Mendelssohn, Psalm 42, Meine Seele dürstet

"Der neue Ensemblesopran Gal James macht Agathes „stille Weise“ zum fülligen Bravourakt und Zeitstopper."
NMZ, Oper Leipzig - Der Freischuetz, March 2017
"L'on ne saurait mettre en doute les élans amoureux de Gal James. Exprimés d'une vraie voix de soprano lyrique, ils s'épanouissent dans le haut-médium et l'aigu, sans affectation, ni afféterie, dût la coquette s'effacer derrière l'amante, dût la sincérité l'emporter – là encore – sur la sophistication du trait, sur ces sons portés par le souffle que l'on étire, diminue ou augmente au gré des sentiments."
Forumopera.com, La Boheme (Mimi), De Vlaamse Opera, December 2015
"The Israeli soprano Gal James[...]is a very impressive, straightforwardly affecting Mimi, and she sings with focused lyrico-spinto tone."
Gramophone Magazine, Palau de la Musica Valencia - La Boheme (DVD), April 2014
"[...]Gal James's tenderly phrased Mimi[...]"
BBC Music Magazine, Palau de la Musica Valencia - La Boheme (DVD), February 2014

 

“Er kontrastierte die Prinzessin aus Eis mit der gefühlvollen Liù, die Gal James mit makellos blühender Stimme ausstattete”

Der Standard, Turandot, Oper Graz, January 2014

 

In makelloser Schönheit und Innigkeit berührt Gal James mit einem der typischen fragilen Frauenporträts Puccinis”

Opernnetz.de, Turandot, Oper Graz, January 2014

"Wunderbar, wie Michael Boder am Pult des Grazer Philharmonischen Orchesters die Klangmischungen hörbar macht, dazu kommt eine ideale Besetzung. Gal James wirft sich mit Wucht und perfektem Verzweiflungsmelos in die Manon-Schlacht".

Wiener Zeitung, Puccini, Manon Lescaut (title role), Oper Graz, October 2012

"Gal James singt formidabel, schafft es, die expressiven Passagen ebenso mit Glanz auszustatten wie die intimen. Und jederzeit lässt sie spüren, wie genau Herheim an einer höchst artifiziellen gestischen Stilistik gearbeitet hat".

Der Standard, Puccini, Manon Lescaut (title role), Oper Graz, October 2012

Gal James

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Gal James

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