James KEE Tenor


‘James Kee beguiled ... with a beautiful, flexible and colourful voice, paired with irrepressible playfulness and wit, intonation-proof and musically’
wrote the OPERNGLAS about the sympathetic, young tenor, who is currently a member of the ensemble at the Rostock Popular Theatre.
There he was already celebrated as MAX in by Weber's ‘DerFreischütz’, as EISENSTEIN in ‘Die Fledermaus’, as BALDUIN ZEDLAU in Strauss' ‘Wiener Blut’, EDWIN in ‘Die Czardasfürstin’, PETER IVANOW in ‘Zar und Zimmermann’, but also as CANIO in Leoncavallo's ‘I Pagliacci’ and in a Puccini-Pasticcio. In the season 2018/19 he also could be seen there as FLORESTAN in Beethoven's ‘Fidelio’ and as SYMON in Millöcker's ‘Der Bettelstudent’.

James Kee started his vocal studies at the Curtis Institute of music in Philadelphia (USA). Master classes, he visited u.a. with Marilyn Horne, Dolora Zajick, Thomas Hampson and James Levine. Discovered as a young vocal talent - he sang baritone - he made his way to major international companies such as the Houston Grand Opera and later even to the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

When he moved to the dramatic repertoire, he was accompanied by his current teacher Robert Gambill. First, James sang at the Rostock Popular Theatre tenor parts such as ISMAELE in Verdi's ‘Nabucco’, EISENSTEIN and the TENOR SOLOIST PART in Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

James Kee's passion for New Music has also been featured in numerous concerts and CD recordings of works by major composers such as Ned Rorem, Richard Danielpour, Jake Heggie and Andre Previn.

Born in the US, he has won a number of prestigious awards, including the 1st Prize of the Mario Lanza Competition, the 2nd Prize of the Eleanor McCollum Competition and the 3rd Prize of the Middle Atlantic Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.


Mainfranken Theater Würzburg - Die Sache Makropulos - ALBERT GREGOR
And James Kee portrays the character of Albert Gregor with tenoral emphasis.
OPERNWELT 03/22 , Gerhard R. Koch
Mainfrankentheater Würzburg – Die Sache Makropulos – ALBERT GREGOR
Apart from Ilia Papandreou, Kosma Ranuer as rugged-robust Jaroslaw Prus and James Kee as vigorously demanding Albert Gregor were vocally truly convincing in this good ensemble.
Die Deutsche Bühne
Volkstheater Rostock – Der Bajazzo - CANIO
James J. Kee sang the part of the deceived Canio. His aria „Vesti la giubba„... was convincingly performed with plenty of emotions. The audience was impressed... „a fantastic voice and secure, splendid heights. All with a perfect sound – round, beautiful, fantastic! „ A great success for the American tenor.
Das Opernmagazin
Volkstheater Rostock – Fidelio - FLORESTAN
Superbe James J. Kee as Floristan in Rostock .
junge Welt
Volkstheater Rostock – La Signora Doria - PUCCINI
Volkstheater Rostock – Der Bajazzo - CANIO