James Roser



Previous Victorian Opera performance 

Amfortas in Parsifal, February 2019

Last 3 major performances

  • Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème, Tiroler Festspiele Erl
  • Allazim in Mozart's Zaide, Tiroler Festspiele Erl
  • Wotan in Wagner's Das Rheingold, Tiroler Festspiele Erl


  •  Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) at University of New South Wales

Age when you started singing


Favourite opera

Too hard – depends on so much, but Rigoletto, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Le Nozze di Figaro would all be up there.

Favourite opera role to perform

Rigoletto or Beckmesser

A fun fact not many people know about you

When I was 21, I randomly watched an old video of a primary school musical I was in, singing Bert in ‘Mary Poppins’, and afterwards thought I’d have a few singing lessons for fun.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve performed?

Probably an audition I had in Berlin for an agent years ago which was held in an old abattoir!


  • Vienna State Opera Award
  • Mietta Song Recital Award
  • Britten-Pears Young Artist Award


"The captivating, precise articulation of Roser (he is Australian), refraining from any "dramatising" body movements and facial expressions, allowed for a focus upon his powerful, expressive voice…"

Winterreise: Die Badener Zeitung

James Roser in Rigoletto. Photo: Robert Parigger