James Onstad


James Onstad - tenor

Upcoming Performances

December 22, 2019

Tenor soloist

Handel’s Messiah

Bach Collegium San Diego

June 6 and 7, 2020

Tenor soloist

Rossini’s Stabat Mater

La Jolla Symphony Chorus & Orchestra

previous performances

August 29th, 2019

Recital with pianist Pierre-André Doucet

Works by Puccini, Vaughan-Williams, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, Schubert, and Gabriel Kahane

Été musical de Barachois

Grand-Barachois, New Brunswick

July 20, 2019

Street Singer, Tenor Soloist

Bernstein's Mass

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival

May 25, 2019

Don Basilio


Los Angeles Philharmonic

May 17, 2019

Recital with guitarist David Leisner


New York City

May 13-14, 2019

Recital and school outreach with guitarist David Leisner

Carrizoso Music Series, Carrizoso, NM

May 13: Concert, Trinity United Methodist Church

May 14, Outreach, Carrizoso School

May 3, 2019

Purcell’s King Arthur

San Diego Bach Collegium

March 31, 2019

Evensong with Pittance Chamber Music Series

works by Vaughn-Williams and Schubert

March 10, 2019

Recital (works by Duparc, Hahn, Faure, Poulenc, and Gounod)

Le Salon de Musiques

Los Angeles

February 24, 2019

Recital with pianist Nathan Salazar

(works by Puccini, Boulanger, Hahn, Gounod, Aaron Jay Kernis, John Corigliano, Gabriel Kahane and Tom Cipullo)

Serenata de Santa Fe

December 14 and 15, 2018

Bach: Christmas Oratorios

Bach Collegium San Diego

November 2018

John Cage’s Europeras I & II

Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Industry

Sony Studios

October 20th, 2018

Mozart’s Requiem

Pasadena Symphony Orchestra

August 31 - September 16


Leonard Bernstein's Candide

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Clarence Brown Theater

July 28, 2018

Street Singer, Tenor Soloist

Bernstein's Mass

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Ravinia Festival


December, 2017

Tenor Soloist

A Bach Christmas

Musica Angelica

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7PM, Beverly O’Neill Theater, Long Beach

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 2PM, Zipper Hall, Los Angeles


October, 2017 

Tenor V

Crossing by Matthew Aucoin

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival    


June, 2017

Vocal recital with pianist Matthew Aucoin

Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival

Merrill Songs (Aucoin) • Clairières dans le ciel (Boulanger) • Folksongs (Britten) • Selections (Dowland)

Abiquiu, NM

February, 2017

Ted Hinton

Bonnie and Clyde by Andrew McIntosh  

The Industry and wild Up


Fall, 2015


Hopscotch by Marc Lowenstein  

The Industry

Los Angeles, CA


July, 2015


Second Nature by Matt Aucoin  (world premiere)  

Chicago Lyric Unlimited

Chicago, IL


May, 2015

Wounded Soldier / Tenor V

Crossing by Matt Aucoin

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)

Boston, MA

Fall, 2013

Tenor Soloist

Cantata Misericordium by Benjamin Britten

First Congregational Church

Columbus, OH


Spring, 2013

Tenor Soloist

Spring Symphony by Benjamin Britten

University of Cincinnati CCM


February, 2013         

Silvio/ Pasquin

Le Docteur Miracle by Georges Bizet  

University of Cincinnati CCM   


December,  2012

Tenor Soloist

L’Enfance du Christ  by  Hector Berlioz       

Knox Presbyterian Church             

January, 2012  


Street Scene by Kurt Weill

University of Cincinnati CCM    


April, 2011


Candide by Leonard Bernstein

Lowell House Opera

Boston, MA




Venus and Adonis by Zachary Wadsworth

Boston Metro Opera


Rev. Parris

The Crucible by  Robert Ward

Boston Opera Collaborative   



Jonas by Giacomo Carissimi

Harvard Early Music Society

Boston, MA


Tom Rakewell

The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky

Harvard College Opera




L’Ormindo by Francesco Cavalli

Harvard Early Music Society



Tancredi e Clorinda

Harvard Early Music Society