Born in Northampton, James Geidt is a student on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he studies 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. James’ studies are generously supported by the Carr-Gregory Trust Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust.
As a student at the Royal Academy of Music, James has been 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 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 for Royal Academy Opera, Count Almaviva (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera and Jupiter in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld for New Chamber Opera. In 2017 James sang at the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival.
James has appeared as a soloist 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 Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Le Comte in Massenet’s Chérubin for Royal Academy Opera. Concert work includes Mozart’s Requiem at St John’s Smith Square, Mozart’s C Minor Mass at Cadogan Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah for the Sheffield Bach Choir and for Edward Higginbottom in the Teatro Cervantes de Málaga and the University Church, Oxford. In 2020, James will join Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist.