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.