A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, baritone James Maddalena first gained international recognition for his notable portrayal of Richard Nixon in the world premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera. This opera was telecast nationally on the PBS series “Great Performances” and won an Emmy Award. Subsequently, the production directed by Peter Sellars appeared at The Netherland Opera, The Edinburgh Festival, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Washington Opera, The Frankfurt Opera, at Australia’s Adelaide Festival, and in Paris. Mr. Maddalena can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning, best-selling Nonesuch recording of this work.
Other appearances include the title role of Don Giovanni at The Glimmerglass Festival during the summer of 1995 and the premiere of Eliot Goldenthal’s oratorio about Vietnam, Fire, Water, Paper with the Pacific Symphony, recorded by Sony Classical. This graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music participated in the 1993 world premiere of Midnight Angel at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in which he sang Hobson.
An active concert singer, Mr. Maddalena has sung The Messiah with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society; Hindemith’s Requiem with Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santi Cecilia in Rome; the St. John Passion in Turin, Italy; Harbison’s Word From Paterson with the San Francisco Symphony; and Carmina Burana in Seville, Spain and Palermo, Italy.