Recently, Mr. Morris debuts as the role of Oroveso in Norma at the Metropolitan Opera. He returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Hans Sachs in a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the Four Villains in Les contes d’ Hoffmann. Mr. Morris also returned to the Metropolitan Opera in his signature role of Scarpia in Tosca, and then as Ramfis in Aida and Commendatore in the new production of Don Giovanni. When the Metropolitan Opera brought Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd into the repertoire, Mr. Morris triumphed in the role of John Claggart and repeated performances of the role in the spring of 2012. Mr. Morris recently added to his repertoire the role of the Doctor in Berg’s Wozzeck with the English National Opera in a new production and praised for his “massive vocal presence.” Recent concert performances have included Hans Sachs’s monologues from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and in Rossini’s rarely-heard Moïse et Pharaon in the title role of Moïse with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall.
Born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland, James Morris studied at the Peabody Conservatory and studied with Rosa Ponselle. He continued his education at the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts where he studied with basso Nicola Moscona.