|Upon graduating from the Yale University School of Music in 1999, James Creswell debuted with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Lodovico in Otello and toured the U.S. with Western Opera Theater's production of Don Giovanni.
In 2001 he became a Resident Artist with Los Angeles Opera where he performed such roles as Achilla in Giulio Cesare, Angelotti in Tosca, der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Ferrando in Il Trovatore.
Since becoming an ensemble member of the Komische Oper Berlin in the 2004/05 season, young American Bass James Creswell has performed numerous roles with the company including Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Prince Gremin in a new production of Eugene Onegin directed by Andreas Homoki and conducted by Kirill Petrenko.
In the same season, he made his Berlin concert debut with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester as Jesus and Bass Soloist in performances of Bach's St. John Passion conducted by Kent Nagano.
Other engagements have included his debut with Berlin Staatsoper in performances of Salome, in addition to new productions of Handel's Oreste, and Rimski-Korsakov's Le Coq d'or with the Komische Oper.
During the 2005/2006 season, he returned to the Los Angeles Opera as Titurel (plus cover Gurnemanz) in the Robert Wilson production of Wagner's Parsifal where he shared the stage with Matti Salminen and Placido Domingo, he also sang the Monk in Don Carlo.
He has also sung Sarastro, Gremin and the Hermit in Der Freischütz at the Komische, Berlin and the Mayor in Jenufa and Masetto in Don Giovanni for the Los Angeles Opera. He also sang Rocco in a new production of Fidelio at the Frankfurt Opera, the Brahms Requiem in Lisbon and Masetto in the Ravinia Festival conducted by James Conlon.
Future engagements include staged performances of Mozart Requiem at the Komische Oper, Berlin, Rocco in Fidelio for the Reis Opera in Holland, Escamillo Carmen for the Opera of Bilbao, and his debut as Timur Turandot for English National Opera. He will also sing in Salome for the Teatro Real in Madrid, Wurm in Luisa Miller with Conlon in the Cincinnati May Festival and Messiah for the Bergen Festival.