James Morris

Biography

Born: January 10, 1947  
Morris has become the most noted Wotan of the turn of the century, known for his acting as well as a musical approach that emphasizes the legato, even lyrical parts of the role. His voice has a strong upper extension that allows him to tackle such baritone roles and Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca and Mozart's Don Giovanni to critical acclaim.

Appropriately enough, his two main teachers were a baritone and a bass. Morris, a native of
Read more Baltimore, first studied with Forrest Barrett, and then won the first voice scholarship that the University of Maryland offered. However, at the advice of his mentor (and distant in-law), Rosa Ponselle, who recognized his potential but did not think that she herself would be the best teacher for him, he instead enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory, and continued his studies with Frank Valentino there. After some time there, he continued his studies at the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts with Nicola Moscona.

He first performed on stage with the Baltimore Civic Opera Company, and advanced in 1967 to the Baltimore Opera, making his debut there as Crespel in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann. In 1970, he had his first Metropolitan Opera audition, though he turned down the subsequent offer to join their Opera Studio. Moscona, who himself had had a long Met career, persuaded the management to re-audition Morris for the regular company, and this time he was offered a contract for 1971, and he made his debut as the King in Verdi's Aida. He made his Glyndebourne Festival debut as Banquo in Verdi's Macbeth.

In 1976, again at the Baltimore Opera, he created the role of King Alfonso in Pasatieri's Ines de Castro. He began to study Wagnerian roles, first Wotan in Die Walküre and the Dutchman, and made his Vienna State Opera debut as Wotan in 1984. In 1985, he took on the role of Wotan for the entire Ring cycle in San Francisco, to great acclaim, and followed that success in many other productions worldwide.

He recorded the complete Ring cycle with James Levine on DG (445 354), and an aria recital disc on EMI (49287) gives selections from Verdi as well as two selections from The Flying Dutchman and Die Walküre. Read less
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Muti, Battle,  Marshall, Murray, Araiza, Morris
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107219   Number of Discs: 2
On sale! $39.99
DVD: $37.99
In Stock
On sale!   $39.99   DVD:  $37.99 Add DVD to Cart

Verdi: Macbeth / Paskalis, Morris, Barstow, Pritchard
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 102316   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $19.99
DVD: $17.99
In Stock
On sale!   $19.99   DVD:  $17.99 Add DVD to Cart

Browse 51-71 of 71 Available Recordings
1 2 3
  • 51.
    Strauss: Salome / Ozawa, Norman, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432153 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Kerstin Witt,  Annette Markert,  James Morris,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
    Recommendation
    On sale! $33.98
    ArkivCD $29.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $33.98   ArkivCD:  $29.99 Add to Cart

  • 52.
    The #1 Choral Album - Beethoven, Handel, Verdi, Bizet, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470382 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  John Tavener,  Charles Gounod,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Walker,  Stephen Doughty,  Bryn Terfel,  James Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Stephen Cleobury,  Richard Bonynge,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir  ... 
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 53.
    Anna Bolena
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4203 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Michael Myers,  James Morris,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Judith Forst  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    On sale! $39.95
    DVD: $37.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $39.95   DVD:  $37.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 54.
    Opera - Wagner: Ring Of Nibelungen (Highlights) / Haitink
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74135 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  Eva Martón,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $7.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $5.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 55.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Muti, Studer, Ziegler, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73284 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Delores Ziegler,  Peter Seiffert,  Cheryl Studer,  James Morris
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
    CD: $7.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $5.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 56.
    Beethoven: Complete Symphonies/ Muti, Philadelphia Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72923 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  James Morris,  Delores Ziegler,  Peter Seiffert
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Westminster Choir
    Recommendation
    On sale! $41.99
    CD: $39.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $41.99   CD:  $39.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 57.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander (Highlights) / Levine, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61969 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Birgitta Svendén,  Deborah Voigt,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  Ben Heppner  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    CD: $9.99
    Back Order
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 58.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer / Levine, Morris, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66342 Release Date: 04/15/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  James Morris,  Ben Heppner,  Deborah Voigt,  Birgitta Svendén  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
    Recommendation
    On sale!
    ArkivCD $29.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $33.98   ArkivCD:  $29.99 Add to Cart

  • 59.
    Grosse Mozartsänger Vol 3 - Opernarien 1961-1982
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 394301 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Morris,  Francisco Araiza,  Margaret Marshall,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  James Levine,  Karl Böhm,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
    CD: $19.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 60.
    Mad About Wagner
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445769 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  James Morris,  Andreas Schmidt,  Cheryl Studer
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  James Levine,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $4.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 61.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Levine, Domingo, Norman, Moll, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437501 Release Date: 08/16/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Ekkehard Wlaschiha,  Allan Glassman,  Julien Robbins  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
    CD: $72.49
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $72.49 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $39.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 62.
    Verdi: Aida - Highlights / Levine, Millo, Domingo, Zajick
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53506 Release Date: 06/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Aprile Millo,  Dolora Zajic,  Placido Domingo,  James Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 63.
    Verdi: Il Trovatore / Levine, Domingo, Millo, Zajick, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 48070 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Aprile Millo,  Dolora Zajic,  Vladimir Chernov  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    Recommendation
    On sale!
    ArkivCD $31.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $34.98   ArkivCD:  $31.99 Add to Cart

  • 64.
    Massenet: Le Roi De Lahore / Bonynge, Sutherland, Lima, Milnes, Morris
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 433851 Release Date: 01/19/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Gareth Morrell,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra
    Recommendation
    On sale! $31.98
    ArkivCD $24.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $31.98   ArkivCD:  $24.99 Add to Cart

  • 65.
    Wagner: Siegfried / Levine, Goldberg, Zednik, Morris, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429407 Release Date: 03/10/1992   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  James Morris,  Reiner Goldberg,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
    Recommendation
    On sale! $54.98
    ArkivCD $49.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $54.98   ArkivCD:  $49.99 Add to Cart

  • 66.
    Verdi: Aida / Levine, Millo, Domingo, Morris, Ramey, Zajick
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45973 Release Date: 04/19/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Terry Cook,  James Morris,  Aprile Millo,  Hong Hei-Kyung  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
    Recommendation
    On sale!
    ArkivCD $39.99
    Special Order
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $44.98   ArkivCD:  $39.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $24.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 67.
    Durufle, Fauré: Requiem / Shaw, Blegen, Morris, Atlanta So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80135 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Judith Blegen,  James Morris
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 68.
    Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus / Muti, Pace
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49640 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patrizia Pace,  Frank Lopardo,  Waltraud Meier,  James Morris
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
    ArkivCD $15.99
    Special Order
    MP3 Available
    ArkivCD:  $15.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 69.
    Wagner: Die Walküre / Levine, Behrens, Norman, Ludwig, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423389 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Diane Kesling,  Marita Napier,  Reinhild Runkel,  Meredith Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
    On sale! $64.98
    ArkivCD $54.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $64.98   ArkivCD:  $54.99 Add to Cart

  • 70.
    Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Bonynge, Sutherland, Pavarotti
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 425410 Release Date: 05/16/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Huguette Tourangeau,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Roger Soyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus
    Recommendation
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 71.
    Offenbach: The Tales Of Hoffmann / Ozawa, Domingo, Gruberova
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 427682 Release Date: 12/15/1989   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Harald Stamm,  Edita Gruberova,  Andreas Schmidt,  Claudia Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Chorus,  ORTF National Orchestra
    Recommendation
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

1 2 3