Based permanently in the UK, New Zealand bass-baritone James Ioelu begins the 2019-20 season at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the company of Garsington Opera in performances of Don Giovanni before travelling to Australia.
He began last season as a member of the ensemble of artists collaborating for the English National Opera/Dutch National Opera/Metropolitan Opera co-production of Porgy & Bess; appearing in the production in London and Amsterdam. The artist spent the summer at Garsington Opera as a member of the Alvarez Young Artists' Programme appearing in Don Giovanni and covering the role of Leporello.
Recent roles include his New Zealand appearance at Hamilton Festival in the principal role of King Potatau, the first Maori King, in the premiere of Janet Jennings’ new opera, Flowing Waters. With Garsington Opera he appeared in the role of Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte and Pistola (c) Falstaff and went on for the ailing principal with exceptional results.