James Edgar Knight is a tall tenor who represents the very best of the new generation of international opera singers. He possesses a large, bladed voice of great beauty, which he employs with considerable technical skill and artistry.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Mr. Knight was trained in New York City at Mannes College and The Juilliard School. As part of his Masters Degree in Music at Juilliard, he was cast in the roles of Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), and Le Doyen de la Faculté (Cendrillon); and, in 2014, covered Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and Vasili (Mavra) for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. In May 2015, two days after his graduation, aged only 25, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as the Tenor Soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Prior to his graduation from Juilliard, Mr. Knight was offered a Fest contract by the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. Since joining the Opernensemble in 2015, he has sung a wide range of repertoire including: Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca), Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur), Alfredo Germont (La traviata), Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Macduff (Macbeth), Fenton (Falstaff), Lucio Silla (Lucio Silla), Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette), Jonas (Le prophète), Froh (Das Rheingold), Ein junger Diener (Elektra), Erster Gralsritter (Parsifal), Ein Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), and Freddy Eynsford-Hill (My Fair Lady).
Mr. Knight has undertaken studies with a wide range of prominent singers, including: Neil Shicoff, Martina Arroyo, Rockwell Blake, and Dan Marek; and has won awards in the Opera Index Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition