American tenor James Ley from Elkton, Maryland, is an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies student at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Edith Wiens. At Juilliard, James Ley has appeared in a semi-staged performance of Winterreise with Brian Zeger at Alice Tully Hall and as Le petit vieillard in L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Villaume. On Juilliard’s mainstage, the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, James Ley performed as Don Ottavio in a production of Don Giovanni.
He recently participated in Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio, where he worked closely with guest teachers and coaches including Renée Fleming. In the summer of 2018, he participated in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in the Mozart Académie and with the Nürnberg Symphonic at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. Before Juilliard, James Ley performed the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Abraham in a staged production of Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, and in Handel’s Messiah at Wheaton College.
As a participant in the Young Singers Project, James Ley sings the role of Ruggiero in Marius Felix Lange’s children’s opera Der Gesang der Zauberinsel at the 2019 Salzburg Festival.