James Chi-shin Liu


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Baritone James Liu is a physician with varied musical interests. He has announced and produced classical music programming at WHRB. He has sung in many choruses, including the Cantata Singers. His art song repertoire includes Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, Dichterliebe, Histoires naturelles and Don Quichotte à Dulcinée. He has appeared with Opera51, Lowell House Opera, Indian Hill Music, Harvard Early Music Society, Opera del West, Longwood Opera, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, Encore Opera Company, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Opera Boston. Roles include The Magic Flute (Second Man in Armour, Papageno), The Marriage of Figaro (Antonio, Bartolo, Almaviva, Figaro), Così fan tutte (Guglielmo, Alfonso), Fledermaus (Dr. Falke), Gounod's Faust (Valentin) and Roméo et Juliette (Capulet), Verdi's Otello (Montano) and Falstaff (Pistola), Ariadne auf Naxos (Music Teacher), Hansel and Gretel (The Father), Fidelio (Don Fernando), Turandot (Ping), and Tosca (Scarpia). He is indebted to his voice teacher, Frank Kelley, and to his infinitely patient wife who makes all of this possible.

You can download a PDF of my performance resume from my Boston Singers' Resource page.

You can see and hear various performances in a playlist posted on LinkTree.


Puccini Tosca Barone Scarpia Opera51 June 2023
Donizetti L'elisir d'amore (Abriged) Dulcamara (cover) Boston Opera Collaborative April and May 2023
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (Concert version sung in Italian with English dialogue) Figaro Opera51 December 2022
Puccini Turandot Ping Opera51 June 2022
Benavides Pepito Pepito Opera del West March 2022
Mozart Die Zauberflöte (Concert version sung in German with English dialogue) Papageno Opera51 August 2021
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Peter (the Father) Opera51 December 2018, 2019
Mozart The Magic Flute Papageno Encore Opera Company July 2019
Mozart Così fan tutte Don Alfonso Lowell House Opera April 2019
Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld Jupiter Longwood Opera November 2018
Gounod Faust Valentin Opera51 June 2018
Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors King Balthazar Opera51 December 2017
Beethoven Fidelio Don Fernando North End Music and Performing Arts Center June 2017
J. Strauss II Fledermaus (in English) Dr. Falke Opera51 June 2017
R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos (Prologue in English) Music Teacher Lowell House Opera March 2017
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Count Capulet Opera51 June 2016
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Bartolo Opera del West August 2015
Mozart Così fan tutte (in English) Guglielmo Greater Worcester Opera May and June 2014
Mozart The Magic Flute Papageno Longwood Opera November 2013
Mozart The Magic Flute Papageno Greater Worcester Opera January 2013
Menotti Amelia Goes to the Ball The Chief of Police Opera del West February 2012
Verdi Falstaff Pistola Boston Opera Collaborative July 2011
Beethoven Fidelio Ensemble Opera Boston October 2010
Donizetti L'elisir d'amore Belcore (cover); Ensemble Opera del West July 2010
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Antonio Boston Opera Collaborative July 2010
Eccles Semele Jupiter Harvard Early Music Society October 2009
Bizet Carmen Zuniga (cover); Ensemble Boston Opera Collaborative July 2009
Rossini La cambiale di matrimonio Norton Boston Opera Collaborative April 2009
Hughes Chincha Chancha Cooroo The King North Cambridge Family Opera March 2009
Verdi Otello Montano; Herald; Ensemble Lowell House Opera March 2009
Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Almaviva Indian Hill Music November 2008
Mozart The Magic Flute Second Man in Armour; Ensemble Boston Opera Collaborative July 2008
Mozart Don Giovanni Ensemble Boston Opera Collaborative February 2008
Mozart Idomeneo Ensemble and Trojan Man OperaHub June 2007

Concert Solos:

Mäntyjärvi Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae Bass soloist and chorus Cantata Singers, Boston October 2022
Handel Dixit Dominus, HWV 232 Bass soloist and chorus Cantata Singers February 2022
J.S. Bach Cantata, Es erhub sich ein Streit, S.19 Bass soloist and chorus Cantata Singers October 2021
Mozart Vesperae solennes de confessore and Coronation Mass Bass soloist Paul Madore Chorale April 2019
Britten Cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb Bass soloist and chorus First Church in Boston April 2019
A. Scarlatti Cantata da camera, Tu resti, o mio bel nume Bass soloist First Church in Boston February 2019
J.S. Bach Cantata, Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen, S.123 Bass aria soloist First Church in Boston May 2018
Puccini Messa di Gloria Baritone soloist Newton Community Chorus May 2018
J.S. Bach Cantata, Nun komm,der Heiden Heiland, S.62 Bass aria soloist First Church in Boston December 2016
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem Baritone soloist Paul Madore Chorale SummerSing August 2016
J.S. Bach Cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden, S. 4 Bass aria soloist First Church in Boston March 2016
Purcell Anthem, "O Sing unto the Lord," Z. 44 Bass soloist First Church in Boston September 2015
J.S. Bach Cantata, Amore traditore, S. 203
Cantata, Ich habe genug, S. 82
Bass soloist First Church in Boston
Early Music Thursdays
November 2013
Orff Carmina burana Baritone soloist Paul Madore Chorale SummerSing August 2009 & 2012
Beethoven Mass in C Bass soloist Belmont Open Sings October 2011
Fauré Requiem in d Baritone soloist Masterworks Chorale Summer Sings July 2011
J.S. Bach Mass in b Bass (one singer per part) Freisinger Chamber Orchestra March 2011
Handel Messiah Bass soloist Various groups December 2009 etc.
J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion Judas Iscariot; Pontifex II Back Bay Chorale March 2007
Howells Requiem I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Back Bay Chorale March 2005
Handel Judas Maccabeus Eupolemus Back Bay Chorale May 2004
Stravinsky Les Noces Baritone duet Back Bay Chorale May 2003
J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion Petrus; Pontifex II Back Bay Chorale April 2000

Art Song:

Billroth: Todessehnsucht; Borodin: Спящая Княжна , Песня тёмного леса, and Морская Царевна; Schumann: 12 Kerner Gedichte, Op. 35 May 2019
Schumann: Liederkreis von H. Heine, Op. 24; original 20-song version of Dichterliebe January 2011
Chabrier: Volailleries; Ravel: Histoires naturelles; Poulenc: Le bestiaire (ou Cortège d'Orphée); Poulenc: The Story of Babar October 2008
Schubert: Winterreise August 2008
Schumann: Dichterliebe, Assorted Spanish Songs; Ravel: Don Quichotte à Dulcinée February 2007
Schubert: Assorted Songs, excerpts from Winterreise; Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn April 2006
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin May 2005

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Spoken Word:

Essays about Classical Music and Texts and Translations:

Last updated: June 12, 2023
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