Praised for his “authoritative and rich baritone”, James D. Rodriguez most recently performed and co-hosted the Carnegie Hall Linkup Concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and sang the baritone solos in Handel’s Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony. He made his Opera in the Heights debut in the role of Tonio (Pagliacci) and was part of the holiday Spanish concert series, ConciertOh! de Invierno. Other notable roles include Escamillo (Carmen), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), Captain Magallanes (Salsipuedes), Rappaccini (La Hija de Rappaccini), and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto with such companies as Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera IOWA, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, the Natchez Festival of Music, and the Moores Opera Center. Concert appearances include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Carlisle Floyd’s Pilgrimage, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Stainer’s Crucifixion. He regularly performs solo recitals, most recently with Austin Chamber Music Center, Phil Kramer Recital Series (Houston), Memorial Classic Music Series (Houston), and Coe College Music Department (Iowa). He was a finalist in the Concorso Lirica International Competition and the first place winner in the Texas Young Artist Vocal Competition.
Rodriguez holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Music from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Rodriguez currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy at Texas Christian University. Before his appointmet at TCU, he taught at Galena Park ISD (Houston), Vivaldi Music Academy (Houston), the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, and this summer served on the voice faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan).
Carmina Burana, Baritone Soloist, Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
Messiah, Baritone Soloist, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra
Rigoletto, title role, Natchez Festival of Music & Moores Opera Center
Pagliacci, Tonio, Opera in the Heights
Texas Young Artists Competitions (Gold Medal Winner), 2012
College Music Society
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Texas Music Educators Association
Denton Bach Society Voice Competition, Adjudicator, Spring 2017
DFW NATS Competition, Judge, Spring 2017
Texoma NATS Competition, Judge, Fall 2016
TMEA, District/Region Adjudicator, Fall 2015
Classical Singer Competition, Adjudicator, 2013 & 2014
Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, Master Class, 2012