Born in Northampton, James Geidt is a recent graduate from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Glenville Hargreaves and Jonathan Papp, having previously completed his Masters with Distinction at the RAM. Prior to this, James was a Choral Scholar in the choir at New College, Oxford.
As a student at the Royal Academy of Music, James was a soloist for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and was a finalist in the 2019 Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks award. James won the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Competition in 2016.
Operatic roles to date include Gaspar in Donizetti’s Rita for Opera South, The Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Vache Baroque Festival, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Le Comte in Massenet’s Chérubin, Forester in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, L’horloge Comtoise and Le Chat in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and Cadmus in Handel’s Semele all for Royal Academy Opera. In 2021 James joined Garsington Opera as one of their Alvarez Young Artists.
In concert, James has appeared at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Palau de la Música Catalana, Cadogan Hall and the Three Choirs Festival.
Current and future engagements include Handel’s Messiah at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid for Edward Higginbottom, J.S. Bach’s St John Passion in Hereford Cathedral, Fauré Requiem in Exeter Cathedral, Mendelsohn’s Elijah for the Amersham Music Festival and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs in Gloucester Cathedral. In 2022, James returns to Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist where he will be covering the role of the Hunter in Dvořák’s Rusalka.