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"As Peter Quint, James Stevens nearly stole the show. A rarity to hear...a tenor sound so beautiful. He soared in Britten's vocal writing.                            -Broadway World

"his focused, suave tenor was well-suited to the assignment" 

-Opera Today

Steven’s performance is a perfect mix of pain and comedy, delivered with a clear-as-a-bell voice that fills the stage. .. he makes the complex Act I trio “Now / Later / Soon” one of many memorable moments.

-Stage Left St. Louis

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Possessing a "clarion voice....

appropriately stealing every scene he was in." 




Praised for his "focused, suave tenor [which] was well suited to the assignment" (Opera Today) and "possesing a clarion voice" and "appropriately stealing every scene he was in" (OperaWire), tenor James Stevens is rapidly establishing himself as a sought-after tenor throughout the country. 

Recent appearances include singing with Union Avenue Opera as Henrik Egerman in Sondheim's A Little Night Music, with his performance praised by critics as "the perfect mix of pain and comedy...with a clear as a bell voice" (Stage Left St. Louis) and as Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw, with his performance praised having "nearly stole the show" and having a voice "which soared in Britten's vocal writing" (Broadway World). Other recent appearances include singing with the Des Moines Metro Opera as Thespis in Rameau's Platée, and Chautauqua Opera as Léon in Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles with the composer in attendance, and covering the role of Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other recent operatic highlights include singing Alfred in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Tolloler in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, and Albert Herring in Britten's Albert Herring.

​Equally at home on the concert stage, his  recent concert engagements include covering the tenor solo in Mendelssohn's The First Walpurgis Night with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan, performing the Evangelist in Charles Wood's St. Mark Passion with the Ladue Chapel Choir, and an upcoming performance as the tenor soloist in Britten's Cantata misericordium with the Webster University Choir and Orchestra. Past performances include Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin pianist Trent Patterson as part of the Webster University Concert Series multiple concerts as the tenor soloist with the American Kantorei in various Bach cantatas, singing the tenor solo in Jongen's Mass with the Choralis Choir, and appearing as the tenor soloist with renowned horn player Daniel Katzen in a recital featuring Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. He frequently appears as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah, with recent performances with the Central Maryland Chorale and Landon Symphonette


"Povero Ernesto"

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Sandra Geary, piano


Sondheim: A Little Night Music

Sandra Geary, piano

James Stevens (center) as Thespis; photo by Duane Tinkey.JPG

Upcoming Performances

May 5: Tenor Soloist in Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard 

August 16, 17, 23, 24
Rapunzel's Prince in Sondheim's Into the Woods

Past Performances


Evangelist- Bach: St. John Passion, American Kantorei Chorus and Orchestra, March 2024

Tenor Soloist- Bach: Koffee Kanata, Kingsbury Ensemble, March 2024

Tenor Soloist (cover)- Orff: Carmina Burana, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, February 2024

Recital with pianist Trent Patterson- Schumann: Dichterliebe, Webster University Concert Series, October 2023

Younger Brother- Flaherty/Ahren: Ragtime, Union Avenue Opera, August 2023

Peter Quint/Prologue- Britten: The Turn of the Screw, Union Avenue Opera, July 2023

Tenor Soloist- Britten: Cantata misericordium, Webster University Choir and Orchestra, April 2023

Evangelist- Woods: St. Mark Passion, Ladue Chapel Choir, March 2023

Tenor Soloist- Bach: BWV 67, 77, 116, American Kantorei and Orchestra, November 2022

Recital with pianist Trent Patterson- Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, Webster University Concert Series, November 2022

James appears as the tenor soloist in Craig Hella Johnson's new work Considering Matthew Shepard.

James appears as Rapunzel's Prince in Union Avenue Opera's production of Into the Woods.



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