Baritone James Liu is a physician who joined Cantata Singers in 2008, and has served as Chorus President since 2013. He has announced and produced classical music programming at WHRB, and also sings with the Choir of First Church in Boston whose services can be heard every Sunday on WERS. He has sung solos in Bach’s Cantata 82, the St. Matthew Passion, Judas Maccabeus, Les Noces, Howells’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Handel’s Messiah. His art song repertoire includes Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, Dichterliebe, Histoires naturelles, and Don Quichotte à Dulcinée. He has appeared with Indian Hill Music, Lowell House Opera, Harvard Early Music Society, Opera del West, Longwood Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Opera Boston. Roles include Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Second Man in Armour, Papageno), The Marriage of Figaro (Antonio, Almaviva), Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), Verdi’s Otello (Montano) and Falstaff (Pistola), La cambiale di matrimonio (Norton), L’elisir d’amore (Belcore cover), Amelia Goes to the Ball (The Chief of Police), and John Eccles’s Semele (Jupiter).
James attended medical school in New Jersey, did a residency in Internal Medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center, a fellowship in Medical Informatics at Yale, and spent a year in Changsha City, Hunan Province, mainland China, teaching English to doctors, nurses, and medical students. He returned to Boston in 1999 and became a primary care physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He currently serves on Cantata Singers' Board of Trustees.
He is indebted to his voice teacher, Frank Kelley, and to his infinitely patient wife who makes all of this possible.