Bass-baritone James McCarthy is a first-year Adler Fellow from Pleasantville, NY. He has been recognized as possessing a stage presence which remains “ever commanding” by San Francisco Classical Voice and for his “robust, booming bass voice” by the Rochester City Newspaper.
As a participant in the 2023 Merola Opera Program, McCarthy performed the role of Collatinus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia under the baton of Maestro Judith Yan.
Endlessly curious about exploring the different styles and periods of opera, McCarthy has performed the roles of Seneca and Mercurio in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Il Commendatore and Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Thomas Brockwiller in Lehar’s Die Juxheirat, and Frank Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene.
McCarthy holds a Master of Music degree from Rice University, where he studied with Dr. Robin Rice. Additionally, he holds Bachelor degrees in music and audio/music engineering from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester.