Musical Toronto: 66 Questions for James Westman


James is featured on Musical Toronto answering 66 fun questions. Click here to read the full interview. Here’s the introduction from Musical Toronto:

“Raised on a farm near St. Mary’s, Ontario, Baritone James Westman has become one of Canada’s most respected operatic exports. Best known for his signature role as Germont in Verdi’s La traviata – which he has performed over 150 times across the world – he has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and three Canadian Juno Awards. Westman has recorded on the Decca, Opera Rara, CBC and BBC labels and has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras as a soloist.

You can catch him next in Toronto as Germont, on November 6th in the COC’s production of La traviata. -Musical Toronto, full interview here.”

James Westman’s Germont = “flawless baritone” + “highlight of the evening”


“His baritone has matured with time, grown stronger but keeping its warmth and its Italianate timbre. His top register, always its glory remains clarion and undiminished. This production opens all the cuts, which allows Westman to sing the optional high notes in his scene with Alfredo in Act 2. The father-son encounter found both singers in top form, and it was a highlight of the evening.” -Joseph So, Musical Toronto, full review here.

“…the flawless baritone of James Westman. His suavely sung interpretation sits on the fence between being the main obstruction in the plot and being hugely sympathetic & likeable.”, full review here.