James Maddalena

James Maddalena first gained international recognition for the title role of John Adams’ Nixon in China, a role he reprised for his Metropolitan Opera debut last month. Since then, he has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras including San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Glyndebourne, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent collaborator with director Peter Sellars in Mozart operas and works by Haydn, Handel and Adams. Known for his work in contemporary music, he has premiered works of John Harbison (Four Psalms, Chicago Symphony), Stewart Wallace (Harvey Milk, Houston Grand Opera; Bonesetter’s Daughter, San Francisco Opera), Paul Moravec (The Letter, Santa Fe Opera), Louis Spratlan (Life Is A Dream, Santa Fe Opera), Elliot Goldenthal (Fire Water Paper, Pacific Symphony) and Mark Adamo (Little Women, Houston Grand Opera). James Maddalena has recorded for Decca/London, BMG, Classical Catalyst, Nonesuch, Teldec, Sony Classical, Harmonia Mundi and EMI. He is on the Grammy Award-winning recording of Nixon In China (Nonesuch) and the Emmy Award-winning PBS telecast, now on DVD.