James Bowman

Singer details:

Voice: Countertenor
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1941

About James Bowman:

James Thomas Bowman CBE (born 6 November 1941 in Oxford, England) is an English countertenor. His career spans opera, oratorio, contemporary music and solo recitals. In 2010 it was announced that he would give his last London concert in 2011 at the Wigmore Hall, although he would continue to give recitals outside the capital. A few years previously he retired from the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace in London, after a decade of service.

Bowman's background is in Anglican church music. He was educated at The King's School, Ely, and began singing as a boy chorister at Ely Cathedral. He later went to New College, Oxford. He was a member of the New College and Christ Church choirs.

In 1967, while still a student, he auditioned for Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group. He was cast as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a part which had been composed with Alfred Deller's voice in mind: Bowman, who had a larger voice than Deller, went to have a long association with the part.He appeared at Glyndebourne in 1970 in Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto (the first countertenor to sing there), at English National Opera in 1971 in Semele, and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1972 in Taverner. In 1973 he created the role of the "Voice of Apollo" in Britten's Death in Venice.

Bowman retired from the operatic stage to concentrate on concert work after having appeared at most of the world's major opera houses including La Scala, Milan; Amsterdam, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Sydney, Verona, Vienna, Strasbourg, Sante Fe, Dallas, and San Francisco.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Ombra mai fu Popularity:

Opera: Xerxes (Serse)Composer: HandelAct:

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
2Va tacito e nascosto Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Achilla/Cesare/Cornelia/Sesto
3Che faro senza Euridice Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
4Fammi combattere Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
5Che puro ciel Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
6Empio diro tu sei togliti Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
7L'empio sleale indegno Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo
8Alma del gran Pompeo Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Cleopatra/Curio
9Quel torrente che cade dal monte Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.07-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
10Domero la tua fierezza Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra
11Ah! stigie larve Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
12E questa la mercede Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
13Lasciate i monti Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.07

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
14Se in fiorito ameno prato Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
15Non e si vago e bello Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
16Presti omai l'Egizia terra Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
17Mille pene Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EuridiceComposer: GluckAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orfeo
18Ecco Orfeo Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.14

Type: choirVoice: S cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfe e pastori
19Vaghe pupille non piangete no Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.14

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
20Chi ne consola ahi lassi? Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.01

Type: trioVoice: S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ninfa/Pastore I/pastore-i
21Ma tu gentil cantor Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Pastore III
22Stimulato dalla gloria Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz/cT BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Zoroastro
23Flower of this purple dye Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
24Perché gentil Dorinda Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz/cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Dorinda
25Dorinda e perché piangi Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: S S Mz/cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelica/Dorinda/Orlando
26Unisca amor in noi Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz/cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Dorinda
27Per far mia diletta Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.17

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
28Qui nobile donzella Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: cA/Mz/cT B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Curio/Cleopatra
29Vieni vanne precipitando Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 3.13

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz/cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando/Angelica
30Asleep, my love? Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
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