Broadway star, operatic bass, and actor Zachary James

December 4, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Zachary James in red tuxedo jacket, black pants, abstract green background with stars
Zachary James (Photo: Matt Madison-Clark)

This week, bass Zachary James is Oliver’s guest. James enjoys a multi-faceted career in musical theater, opera, television, and as a recording artist. Standing 6’6″ tall and possessing inimitable performance skills, he has become a favorite of directors, especially for contemporary opera. He created the role of Lurch in The Addams Family on Broadway and portrayed Amenhotep III in the Metropolitan Opera’s acclaimed production of Akhnaten.  Zachary James is a rare artist who also sounds equally at ease in pop, country, jazz, opera, and contemporary classical music. Zachary’s sixth solo album Wonder and Joy, which incorporates all of those styles, was released on December 3.

Meet Zachary James in a video from Des Moines Metro Opera below.


Rodgers & Hammerstein: “Some enchanted evening” from South Pacific
Steven Sondheim: “No one is alone” from Into the Woods
Charity Wicks, piano
On Broadway
Zachary James  self-release ©2021

Persis Parshall Vehar: The Unity of Men in Love
Part 3, “Whenever this man sings”
Charity Wicks, piano
Call Out
Zachary James self-release ©2020

Albert Hague: “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Franz Gruber: Silent Night
Robert Wells and Mel Tormé: The Christmas Song
Frederick Poholek, guitar and electric bass
Wonder and Joy
Zachary James  self-release ©2021