James Mitchell was born in Bristol shortly after the Second World War (because he wanted to be near his mother who was living there at the time) but nevertheless he is very proud of his strong Welsh ancestry.
 

After doing all the usual things for aspiring performers such as head choirboy and landing leading roles in school plays and musicals, he became the youngest member of the BBC West of England Singers.
 

He has appeared in many operas including Don Giovanni, Marriage of Figaro and La Traviata but thinks his most unusual performance was as a dumb eunuch in an odd production of Il Seraglio.
 

Later, James became passionately interested in musical theatre and has appeared in many well known musicals and operettas including South Pacific, Oklahoma and The Merry Widow. This interest led him, in the mid 1990s, to become a lecturer and speaker on musical theatre. 

Lectures

  • Opera isn't just Shrieking Ladies and Fat Tenors - inside information on what really goes on and off stage;

  • Magic of the Musicals - a magical and romantic journey through the world of the musical;

  • 'Only Make Believe' - A personal tribute to Howard Keel - entertainment for Keel enthusiasts;

  • My (almost) Indescribable Sufferings under Singing Teachers;

  • From Camelot to Covent Garden.

  • Flanders and Swann with Grahame O'Connor (piano)
     

  • Seventeen Surprising things about Christmas
    Have you heard about the secret code behind ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’, why ‘O Holy Night’ was banned for many years and why you could be arrested for innocently celebrating Christmas?James Mitchell not only tells you more about these curious facts but sings many of your Christmas favourites in his rich Baritone voice.

    This could an ideal presentation for a December/Xmas function.