(James Hooper died 7/31/22)“Thru singing life resounds!”
Biography James Hooper was raised in East Orange, New Jersey, studied trumpet and graduated from Trenton State College with a BA Degree in Music Education. During the next seven and a half years he taught in the New Jersey Public School System and studied voice in New York City. His first voice teacher was Giorgio Tozzi and then Richard Hughes. In San Francisco, he studied with Frederick Jagel.It was an offer from Western Opera Theater in San Francisco, California, that convinced him it was time to persue a career in singing. After three seasons with Western Opera Theater and two seasons with the San Francisco Opera as well as singing leading roles with New Jersey State Opera, Northen New Jersey Opera, the Minnesota Opera and Augusta Opera, he was offered a scholarship to the Zurich Opera Studio, Zurich, Switzerland. There he performed several leading roles with the Zurich Opera.His first engagement in Germany was at the Pfalztheater in Kaiserlautern. After four years in Kaiserlautern, James Hooper decided to work independently and for the next fifteen years was a regular guest performer in Kassel, Münster, and Regensburg. He also sang major roles in Dortmund, Krefeld, Bremerhaven, at the Alte Opernhaus in Frankfurt and in Cairo, Egypt. As Gaylord Ravenal in "Show Boat", James Hooper toured Switzerland, Austria and Germany. He has been a featured soloist for many radio and television broadcasts with the German Radio-Television Network based in Saarbrücken. As a recitalist and in Oratorio, he has also achieved recognition.James Hooper's love for teaching has never diminished and is a recognized voice teacher in Germany. Since 2004, he has been on the roster of the Music Conservatory in Detmold and is the vocal coach for the tenors and basses of the reknowned Göttingen Boys Choir in Göttingen, Germany. Vocal Workshops and seminars are very much a part of his yearly schedule.