Baritone James D. Rodriguez holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Houston, and Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University.
He has most recently performed and co-hosted the Carnegie Hall Linkup Concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He made his Opera in the Heights debut in the role of Tonio (Pagliacci) and was part of the holiday Spanish concert series, ConciertOh! de Invierno. Other notable roles include Escamillo (Carmen), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), Captain Magallanes (Salsipuedes), Rappaccini (La Hija de Rappaccini), and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto with such companies as Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera IOWA, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Natchez Festival of Music, and the Moores Opera Center. Concert appearances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Faure’s Requiem, Carlisle Floyd’s Pilgrimage, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Stainer’s Crucifixion. Upcoming engagements include a solo recital debut with the Phil Kramer Recital Series and the baritone solos in Carmina Burana with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Dr. Rodriguez was a finalist in the Concorso Lirica International Competition and the first place winner in the Texas Young Artist Vocal Competition as well as the Moores School of Music Concerto Competition.