Meet the Artists: James D. Rodriguez

We have a number of fantastic Guest Artists joining us for Carmina Burana, and wanted you to get to know them. Don’t forget to grab your tickets for this spectacular event!

Praised for his “authoritative and rich baritone”, James D. Rodriguez most recently performed and co-hosted the Carnegie Hall Linkup Concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and sang the baritone solos in Handel’s Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony.  He made his Opera in the Heights debut in the role of Tonio (Pagliacci) and was part of the holiday Spanish concert series, ConciertOh! de Invierno.  Other notable roles include Escamillo (Carmen), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), Captain Magallanes (Salsipuedes), Rappaccini (La Hija de Rappaccini), and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto with such companies as Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera IOWA, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Natchez Festival of Music, and the Moores Opera Center.  Concert appearances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem, Carlisle Floyd’s Pilgrimage, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Stainer’s Crucifixion.  He regularly performs solo recitals, most recently with Austin Chamber Music Center, Phil Kramer Recital Series (Houston), Memorial Classic Music Series (Houston), and Coe College Music Department (Iowa).  Rodriguez was a finalist in the Concorso Lirica International Competition and the first place winner in the Texas Young Artist Vocal Competition.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston and is on the voice faculty at Texas Christian University.