James Eder has been acclaimed as having a "resonant" voice and being both “laugh-out-loud funny” and “marvelously sinister and threatening.” He received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville studying with Andrew Wentzel and his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University studying with Robin Rice.
Along with studying at OSU and UT, James spent the summers of 2012, 2013, and 2015 performing with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. James was a Resident Artist and Cornetti Scholar with Pittsburgh Festival Opera in the summer of 2016 and returned to Opera Columbus that fall as Colline in Opera on the Edge: La bohème. In 2017, he returned to Knoxville Opera to perform the roles of Alcindoro/Benoit in La bohéme and debuted with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera as the Bonze in Madama Butterfly. In the summer of 2017, he will be performing the role of Elviro in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s production of Xerxes.
Other notable roles include Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, The Secret Police Agent in Menotti’s The Consul, Collatinus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Achilla in Julius Ceasar, Baron Zeta in Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Pistola in Falstaff, and Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.