FRANK Die Fledermaus J. STRAUSS Canadian Opera Company

 

…and when James Westman shows just how lovely a man in a ball gown can be, the whole thing becomes triumphant.
-Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star, full review here

The big surprise was James Westman, returning to the COC as Frank, an essentially comprimario role. With the extensive re-write, Westman has turned this character to a starring role…

It proves to be a star turn for Canadian baritone James Westman, a notable Sharpless, Germont and di Luna, all ultra-serious roles. His Frank shows an unexpected comic flair and it underscores the adage – slightly revised – that “there are no small roles, just small singers.
-Joseph So, full review here

SANDY KEITH The Inventor Bramwell Tovey

The concert treatment given here could not offer the elaborate staging The Inventor enjoyed at its January premiere with Calgary Opera, which commissioned the work. But it’s hard to imagine a new work being given a more convincing presentation than that by baritone James Westman, who anchors the work as Sandy and his various guises.
By Ken Eisner, June 11, 2012 Vacouver Straight