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With a tone described as “rich” and “resonant” and performances noted for their vocal strength, nuance, musicality, and convincing dramatic portrayals, contralto Kimberly Gratland James enjoys an active performance career in symphonic and operatic venues. Recent and upcoming concert performances include Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with the Master Chorale of Flagstaff, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen with the Great Falls Symphony, songs with chamber orchestra by Ethyl Smyth, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Idaho Falls Symphony. She made her Dallas Symphony début last spring as Wellgunde in Das Rheingoldand will return this season for performances of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung.

Ms. James is equally at home on the operatic stage, most recently performing the lead role of Cecelia in the comic opera Behold the Man with Opera Las Vegas. OperaWire called James the “perfect match” for the character: “…from her very first note and through her last, one might say she channeled the voice of Cecilia.” She also sang the role of Herodias in Rimrock Opera’s production of Salome. Additional recent operatic credits include Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s powerful opera 27, also with Opera Las Vegas, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites, Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Mary in Der fliegende Holländer. She also joined the Helena Symphony to sing Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Carmen.



“...formed a seamless unit, their voices blending superbly...” – Texas Classical Review

Das Rheingold – "Both dramatically and sonically, the Rhinemaidens – Valentina Farcas, Kimberly Gratland James, and Renée Tatum – formed a seamless unit, their voices blending superbly as they took turns coquettishly taunting Alberich or lamenting the loss of their gold and pleading with Wotan for its return."


“...a powerhouse trio..” – Dallas Morning News

Das Rheingold – "The gold guarding Rhinemaidens — a powerhouse trio of Valentina Farcas, Kimberly Gratland James and

Renée Tatum — interacted among themselves and mercilessly teased Tómas Tómasson’s Alberich."


"...natural speaking voice..." – Operawire

Behold the Man – “[She] was the perfect match. From her very first note and through her last, one might say she channeled the voice of Cecilia. The audience clearly understood her, too, which in opera makes a huge positive difference. Her voice’s middle range mirrored her natural speaking voice and so this also made for a great vocal choice for a comic opera.”


"... laser-beam power and resonance..." – The Missoulian

Verdi Requiem – “...Kimberly Gratland James proved Vera’s match both in musicality and character, her laser-beam power and resonance... astonishing ...”


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