James Westman as usual delivers a strong performance as Sir John A MacDonald.

“James Westman was first among equals with his snide, snarling, overbearing, blustering, duplicitous Sir John A. MacDonald (think Donald Trump with high notes). Mr. Westman’s powerful, secure baritone has an easy high extension, and as he effortlessly rode wave after wave of cresting orchestral sound, he seemed more like the world’s next great Heldentenor in making.” –Opera Today, James Sohre

“James Westman as usual delivers a strong performance as Sir John A MacDonald.” -ConcertoNet,  Michal Johnson, May 17, 2017.

“Baritone James Westman, a graduate of the Ensemble Studio, now brings his passion and musicianship to the role of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macondald.”- Broadway World, April 2017.
“Famed baritones Russell Braun (Riel) and James Westman (John A. Macdonald) are well-matched nemeses.” – Toronto Life, April 2017
“Westman’s cartoonish reading, so deftly comical exploited the text and Moore’s many opportunities for comedy in this role, especially a scene where he’s clearly drunk. His voice sailed over the orchestra.” – Barczablog, April 2017
“Il baritono James Westman interpreta con grande efficacia il Primo Ministro Macdonald.”  -L’apemusical,  Giuliana Dal Piaz, May 17, 2017.
“James Westman is a devious Macdonald, amber-toned as single malt.” – Ian Ritchie  Opera Going Today, April.
“James Westman is a beautifully exaggerated figure in Riel’s adversary, Sir John A. Macdonald” – Jenna Douglas, April 28, 2017
“Sir John A. MacDonald, a richly comic James Westman” – Christopher Hoile, Now Magazine,  Full Review Here


Stratford-based baritone James Westman is one of Canada’s leading stars, performing roles like the Conte de Luna (Il trovatore), Macbeth (Macbeth), Germont (La traviata), and Horace Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe) on the stages of the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco OperaChicago Lyric OperaFlorida Grand OperaHouston Grand OperaEnglish National OperaVancouver Opera, and many more. Next month, you can hear him sing Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra on February 10 and 11. Plus, the Canadian Opera Company just announced that James will sing the role of Sir John A. MacDonald in their 2017 production of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel.

Busy schedule aside, James insists his work as a singer is easier than his growing up on a farm; he chats about advice for young singers, and the great roles still on his to-do list.” -Schmopera, full interview here.