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January 16th Experiments in Opera

James performs scenes from Matthew Welch's new Opera.

Experiments in Opera is a composer/performer driven festival, featuring recent and new works with unorthodox answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. This inaugural event at Le Poisson Rouge on January 16, 2012 will feature excerpts from four works: Borges and the Other by Matthew Welch; Happiness is the Problem with music by Jason Cady; libretto by Nadia Berenstein, Jason Cady, and Amy Cimini; graphics by Nadia Berenstein Sextour: l'origine des especes with a libretto by François Reginault and Georges Aperghis (based on texts by Charles Darwin and Stephen Jay Gould) and music by George Aperghis; Brother Brother with words and music by Aaron Siegel.

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6:30 pm

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker Street
New York NY 10012
January 19 -21 Liederkranz Competition - Art Song Division.
James Competes in one of the United States' most highly recognized song competitions.
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The Liederkranz Foundation 6 East 87th Street New York, NY 10128
January 23rd Songs of Schubert and Schumann

Selections from Schwanengesang by Franz Schubert;
Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann.

This concert is to benefit Musica Sacra, one of New York's leading professional vocal ensembles lead by choral music luminary Kent Trittle.

James Benjamin Rodgers - Tenor
Michael Sheetz - Piano

6:30 pm

Private Home
5th Avenue
New York, NY
February 16th Music of Richard Hundley
Part of the American Art Song Series in Collabotation with Joy in Singing, this program highlights one of America's most gifted song composers. Hosted by Paul Sperry, this event promises to be a wonderful lunch time event. The program will also be broadcast live and on demand.

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1:00 pm

Trinity Church
74 Trinity Place
New York, NY 10006

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March 16th Pocket Opera of New York

Apollo e Dafne + Monteverdi Madrigals

PONY presents a wonderful musical evening in which James takes part in a very inventive staging of the Monteverdi Madrigals.
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8:00 pm

Galapagous Arts Space
DUMBO, Brooklyn

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May 4th,5th & 6th My Kinsman, Major Molineux
by Bruce Saylor
libretto by Cary Plotkin.
Queens College professor Bruce Saylor's double bill: The Image Maker (world premiere) and My Kinsman, Major Molineux (New York premiere). James takes on the leading role of Robin in My Kinsman, a work based on the story of Nathniel Hawthorne.
Goldstein Theater

Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd,
Flushing, NY 11367
May 11th Borges and the Other
by Matthew Welch

Experiments in Opera

A modular dance opera for Blarvuster, Matthew Welch has created an fascinating work centered around the luminary Argentine author Jore Luis Borges.
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8:00 pm

509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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June 8th- July 1st Brigadoon
by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.

Mac Haydn Theater

James takes on the role of Tommy in his return to the Mac Haydn Theater after last seasons enthralling production of Jekyll and Hyde.

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The Mac-Haydn Theater
Chatham, NY

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September 8th The Journey Home
by John Drummond

The Southern Sinfonia

Simon Over: Conductor
Jenny Wollerman: Soprano
James Benjamin Rodgers, Tenor
Robert Tucker: Baritone
City of Dunedin Choir
The Journey Home tells the tale of Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, and this performance marks the tragedy's centenary.

Texts are by Jeremy Commons, Claire Benyon, Bill Manhire, Chris Orsman, and from the Book of Common Prayer.
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8:00 pm

Regent Theatre

October 5th & 7th La Traviata
by Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi's immensely popular opera, a classic and touching tale of love and sacrifice between a beautiful courtesan and her young lover from a respectable provincial family. This production will evoke the world of 19th century Paris in all of its grandeur.

Joseph Rescigno: Conductor
James de Blasis: Stage Director

Opera Omaha

Orpheum Theater

Omaha, NE

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October Kurt Weill: The Man and His Music.

New Zealand Concert Tour

James performs a series of concerts throughout New Zealand with pianist Jillian Zack. The program is centered around his soon to be released Exiled album and tells the story of Kurt Weills journey from Germany to the United States after the Nazi's forced him to flee.

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7:30pm, October 13th, 2012
St. Paul’s Hall
Presented by
The Wanganui Music Society

7:30pm, October 19th, 2012
Jimmy Bar at the St. James Theatre

7:30pm, October 26th, 2012
St. Andrew's Church
Presented by
The Marlborough Music Society

December 14th, 15th. Pretty Boy
by Jack Perla
with text by David Brock

Based on the life and stories of infamous gangster Pretty Boy Floyd, this eclectic work takes full advantage of the capabilities of Dresher's electro accoustic ensemble.

James Benjamin Rodgers - Tenor
The Paul Dresher Ensemble

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8:00 pm

450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA