James Maddalena

Biography

Born: 1954; Lynn, MA  
American baritone James Maddalena commands a large and varied repertoire of roles, from Monteverdi to contemporary opera. His performance of the role of Richard Nixon in the world premiere of John Adams' Nixon in China at the Houston Grand Opera won him an international audience. The performance broadcast nationally on the PBS Great Performances series won an Emmy Award and the recording of the opera for Nonesuch won a Grammy Award. Maddalena is Read more a frequent collaborator with director Peter Sellars and sang major roles in Sellars' controversial stagings of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas (the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte). He also appeared in the Sellars production of Nixon in China at the Netherlands Opera, the Edinburgh Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Washington Opera, the Frankfurt Opera, at Australia's Adelaide Festival, and in Paris. In 1991, Maddalena created the role of the Captain in John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer in the world premiere at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. Klinghoffer was then produced at the Opera de Lyon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the San Francisco Opera, and at the Vienna Festival prior to being recorded by Nonesuch (with Kent Nagano conducting). Maddalena also sang in the world premiere of Harvey Milk with the Houston Grand Opera, as well as the subsequent production with San Francisco Opera (recorded by Teldec with Donald Runnicles conducting). In 2001, he performed the role of Gideon March in Adamo's Little Women at the Houston Grand Opera. On the concert stage, Maddalena has performed with Boston's Handel & Haydn Society, the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santi Cecilia in Rome, and the San Francisco Symphony. He sang in the premiere of Elliot Goldenthal's oratorio Fire, Water, Paper with the Pacific Symphony (recorded by Sony Classical) and in the world premiere of John Harbison's Four Psalms with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read less
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  • 1.
    Goldenthal: Fire Water Paper - A Vietnam Oratorio / Ma, Panagulias, St. Clair
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56114 Release Date: 07/22/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliot Goldenthal
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Ana Panagulias,  James Maddalena
    Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra,  Pacific Chorale,  Pacific Chorale Children's Choir  ... 
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    Adams: Nixon In China / John Adams, Metropolitan Opera [DVD & Blu-ray]
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 532291 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Russell Braun,  Robert Brubaker,  Janis Kelly,  James Maddalena  ... 
    Conductor:  John Adams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Mark Adamo: Little Women / Summers, Novacek, Joyce Didonato, Shelton, Tappan
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 0007 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Adamo
    Performer:  James Maddalena,  Stephanie Novacek,  Chad Shelton,  Joyce DiDonato  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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    Mark Adamo: Little Women / Summers, Novacek,  Joyce Didonato, Shelton, Tappan
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110613 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Adamo
    Performer:  Gwendolyn Jones,  Katherine Ciesinski,  Chen-Ye Yuan,  Stacey Tappan  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Hail Bop! A Potrait Of John Adams
    Label: Tony Palmer Films   Catalog: 1620 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Ernst Kovacic,  James Maddalena,  Trudy Ellen Craney,  Emanuel Ax
    Conductor:  Michael Collins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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    Harbison: Full Moon In March, Mirabai Songs, Exequien For Calvin Simmons / Rose, Disimone, Baty, Et Al
    Label: Bmop/Sound   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Harbison
    Performer:  Frank Kelley,  Anne Harley,  James Maddalena,  Lorraine DiSimone  ... 
    Conductor:  Gil Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
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    Blitzstein: Regina / Mauceri, Ciesinski, Ramey, Réaux
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433812 Release Date: 04/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marc Blitzstein
    Performer:  Katherine Ciesinski,  Samuel Ramey,  Angelina Réaux,  Sheri Greenawald  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Opera Orchestra,  Scottish Opera Chorus
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    Adams: Doctor Atomic / Finley, Renes, Netherlands PO [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7020 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Thomas Glenn,  Jessica Rivera,  Richard Paul Fink  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus
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    Adams: Doctor Atomic / Finley, Rivera, Renes
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 998 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Jay Hunter Morris,  Jessica Rivera,  James Maddalena,  Richard Paul Fink  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Renes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Goldenthal: Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio / St. Clair
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68368 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elliot Goldenthal
    Performer:  Ana Panagulias,  James Maddalena,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Chorale Children's Choir,  Pacific Chorale,  Ngan-Khoe Vietnamese Children's Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    Milken Archive - Deluxe 50 CD Boxed Set
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Joseph Rumshinsky,  David Schiff,  Raymond Goldstein,  Hugo Chaim Adler  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Bloch,  Nell Snaidas,  Simon Spiro,  Zhou Jin  ... 
    Conductor:  Elli Jaffe,  Neil Levin,  Timothy Koch,  Rodney Winther  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Coro Hebraeico,  Carolina Chamber Chorale  ... 
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare / Gall, Minter, Lieberson
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000725309 Release Date: 11/14/2006  
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  James Maddalena,  Drew Minter,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Jeffrey Gall
    Conductor:  Craig Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Milken Archive - Zaimont: Parable, Sacred Service
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559444 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Judith Lang Zaimont
    Performer:  James Maddalena,  Frances Lucey,  John Aler,  Randall Scarlata
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Michael Brewer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ernst Senff Choir,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Laudibus
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    Bennett: The Mines Of Sulphur / Robertson, Irmiter, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5036 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Rodney Bennett
    Performer:  Brandon Jovanovich,  Beth Clayton,  James Maddalena,  Kristopher Irmiter  ... 
    Conductor:  Stewart Robertson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra
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    Milken Archive - Foss: Elegy For Anne Frank, Song Of Anguish
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559438 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lukas Foss,  Robert Beaser
    Performer:  James Maddalena,  Mark Wilde,  Kevin McCutcheon
    Conductor:  Christopher Wilkins,  Gerard Schwarz,  Michael Brewer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laudibus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Fussell: The Astronaut's Tale / James Bolle
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 616 Release Date: 12/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Fussell
    Performer:  James Maddalena,  William Hite,  Judith Kellock,  Jack Larson
    Conductor:  James Bolle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monadnock Festival Orchestra
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    Floyd: Of Mice And Men / Houston Grand Opera
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 621/22 Release Date: 12/16/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carlisle Floyd
    Performer:  Julian Patrick,  Gordon Hawkins,  Elizabeth Futral,  James Maddalena  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Chorus,  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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    Milken Archive - Weill: The Eternal Road (Highlights)
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559402 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Vale Rideout,  James Maddalena,  Barbara Rearick,  Karl Dent  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ernst Senff Choir,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Children's Choir
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  • 20.
    Boykan: Elegy, Epithalamion, String Quartet No 4
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 786 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Martin Boykan
    Performer:  Jane Bryden,  Nancy Cirillo,  James Maddalena,  Virginia Crumb
    Conductor:  David Hoose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis Contemporary Chamber Players,  Lydian String Quartet
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    Wallace: Harvey Milk / Runnicles, San Francisco Opera
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 15856 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Stewart Wallace
    Performer:  Elizabeth [mezzo sop] Bishop,  Ray Very,  James Maddalena,  Adam Jacobs  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Chorus,  San Francisco Opera Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer / Nagano, Sylvan, Maddalena
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79281 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Eugene Perry,  Sanford Sylvan,  James Maddalena,  Stephanie Friedman  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  Lyon Opera Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Adams: Music From Nixon In China / Edo De Waart, St. Luke's
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79193 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Trudy Ellen Craney,  James Maddalena,  Carolann Page,  Thomas Hammons  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Adams: Nixon In China / Edo De Waart, Orchestra Of St Luke's
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79177 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Sanford Sylvan,  Thomas Hammons,  John Duykers,  Mari Opatz  ... 
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Token Creek Chamber Music Festival - Copland, Harbison, Schumann
    Label: Token Creek Recordings   Catalog: 112 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  John Harbison,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  James Maddalena,  Judith Gordon,  Robert Levin,  John Harbison  ... 
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