And more Birthday celebrations today, on January 10!!!! Today, besides of being the Birthday of great American Baritone Sherrill Milnes (which I also dedicated a post)…. today is also the Birthday of the Great American Bass-Baritone James Morris!!!!!!!
James Morris turns today 70!!!!!
James Morris, just like Sherrill Milnes, also became a very important Opera artist for me… and he also belongs in my wonderful memories when I watched my first Operas from the MET on TV…. the name of James Morris, is along with the names of Maestro James Levine, Placido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Sherrill Milnes, Luciano Pavarotti that I associate with the MET and my first Opera viewings of this extraordinary Opera House.
James Morris became my first Wotan and also my first Hans Sachs ever.
James Morris is and always be my favorite in these two, iconic Wagnerian roles. Wotan and Hans Sachs.
My first Wagner’s Ring cycle ever was, of course, from the Schenk’s production of the MET with James Morris as Wotan and who is unforgettable in this role. I will never forget when I saw and listened to James Morris for the first time.
(and just like Sherrill Milnes… it was also love at first sight )
James Morris became my first Bass-Baritone ever, along with Ruggero Raimondi, and I also loved him as the four villains in “Les Contes D’Hoffmann”; as Iago in “Otello” (unforgettable performance from the MET with Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming) his performance in “Luisa Miller”, with Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes, is also terrific, his King Phillip in Don Carlo is also wonderful, his Banco in “Macbeth” is one of the greatest ever and his repertoire is not limited only to Wagner and Verdi, James Morris has also a wonderful repertoire with Mozart’s like in Don Giovanni and Cosi fan Tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro.
And of course, James Morris was also brilliant in Britten’s operas, like BIlly Budd.
And James Morris is also great in Puccini!
His Scarpia is also magnificent and his Colline in “La Boheme” is one of the most beautiful ever. And luckily for all of us in these days at the MET… James Morris is still performing at the MET, recently in Turandot and Tosca .
And of course… we will never forget his “Hans Sachs” in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” which is one of the most beloved performances ever.
The Ring Cycle, Don Giovanni, Don Carlo, Otello, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Cosi fan tutte, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Tosca, Turandot, Aida, Macbeth, Billy Budd… so many wonderful operas in the wonderful career of James Morris!
James Morris, just like Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes… is a living treasure of not only of the MET but of the entire Opera world!
HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY JAMES MORRIS!!!!!