James Hayden, bass, is a singer, composer, and vocal arranger, with a particular fondness for contemporary and avant-garde repertoire. He recently made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Commander in Annie Gosfield’s War of the Worlds and as Micromegas in their production of Andrew Norman’s A Trip to the Moon. In the past year he also recorded Patrick Cassidy’s new opera Dante with LA Opera, was the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G-Minor with the LA Master Chorale, and attended Marilyn Horne’s artist training program, the Music Academy of the West. A graduate of USC’s Vocal Arts program, Hayden appeared in the Thornton School of Music productions of Dialogues of the Carmelites as Javelinot, Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest as Stephano, and covered Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, receiving additional training at the Operaworks and AIMS in Graz summer programs.
Other notable engagements include premiering the role of CIA Spymaster Sidney Gottlieb in Anne LeBaron’s LSD: The Opera, two appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and performing two concerts with the Rolling Stones on their 50th Anniversary Tour. His voice can be heard on many movie and video game soundtracks, including Star Wars: Episode VII, Godzilla, Minions, Jurassic World, The Hangover Part III, and League of Legends. When not embodying villains or wise priests on the operatic stage, he performs with the new-music vocal sextet HEX, and writes award-winning pop a cappella charts for ensembles in Southern California and Texas.