James Demler

Assistant Professor of Music, Voice. | demlerj@bu.edu | 617.353.3389

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James Demler

Baritone James Demler is known for his versatile range of repertory, spanning the operatic, oratorio, concert, and popular music genres.

2011-2012 season engagements included a debut with Boston Lyric Opera in Verdi’s Macbeth, and a return as soloist with the Boston Pops, where he sang The Boston Baseball Cantata, with Keith Lockhart, conductor. Mr. Demler also sang the role of Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte with the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, and sang the role of Ramphis in Aida in a concert version with the Berkshire Choral Festival. In addition, he made his film debut as Noah in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which opened the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and was also a guest Public Address Announcer for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in June 2012.

Mr. Demler first gained international attention at Houston Grand Opera, where he appeared as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte and Peter in Hansel and Gretel, and as soloist with the Houston Symphony, where he sang the role of Maestro in a concert version of Salieri’s rarely performed opera Prima la musica, poi le parole. James Demler made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Opera Orchestra of New York as Dikson in Boieldieu’s La Dame Blanche, and has returned to that venue as a soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

He made his Canadian operatic debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Edmonton Opera, a role he has also sung with Anchorage Opera and P.O.R.T. of Portland, Maine. A favorite in Anchorage, he has also appeared there as Marcello in La Boheme, Valentin in Faust, a role which he debuted with the West Virginia Symphony, and Peter in Hansel and Gretel, which he has also sung with the Pine Mountain Music Festival of Michigan. With Chautauqua Opera he appeared as Pish-Tush in The Mikado, while with Palm Beach Opera he sang Danilo in The Merry Widow, and with Chattanooga Opera as Silvio in I Pagliacci. He also made debuts with Long Beach Opera as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and Bartley in Riders to the Sea.

Concert engagements have included a 2009 solo debut with the Boston Pops in the previously mentioned Boston Baseball Cantata, and he was immediately re-engaged there as Narrator and soloist in the World Premiere of  British composer Philip Lane’s The Christmas Story. Mr. Demler has sung Raphael in Haydn’s Creation, and the title role of Elijah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Boston’s Symphony Hall in an International Webcast with the Boston University Symphony and Chorus. For Ned Rorem’s 65th Birthday Celebration he was asked to sing the composer’s Santa Fe Songs with the Houston Symphony, and in 2007 made a debut in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, singing as baritone soloist in Earl Kim’s Scenes from a Movie, Part 26. In the 2008 season he made a debut with Boston Baroque in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Martin Pearlman conducting, and also sang debuts with the Boston based Back Bay Chorale and Coro Allegro, where he was re-engaged to sing as baritone soloist in Patricia Van Ness’ Requiem. In recent seasons he has also been the Bass soloist in Handel’s  Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Canada, the Hartford Symphony and the New England Philharmonic.

James Demler has appeared in solo recital at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, at Princeton University, Pepperdine University, and at Boston University’s Tsai Center. He holds voice degrees from The University of New Mexico, the University of Arizona, and the Eastman School of Music. He completed his training as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and has been a full-time member of the voice faculty of Boston University since 2005.