Excerpts from Reviews



“Vocally first rate and, as regards the acting, thorough in all details of the staging . . . the attentive James Doing, blond descendant of Scottish nobility, who possesses a clear tenor, rich in differentiation of colors . . .”

Horst Koegler - Opern Welt
The Fall of the House of Usher, Stuttgarter Hofkonzerte

James Doing managed impressively, and with great vocal presence, to convey the inner turmoil of Roderick Usher.”

K. F. Schulter - Opernglas
The Fall of the House of Usher, Stuttgarter Hofkonzerte

“Strong and musical voice”

Jacques Doucelin - Le Figaro
Don Giovanni, Semur-en-Auxois


Will Crutchfield - The New York Times
The Nose, The Santa Fe Opera

“Refined lyric tenor”

William D. West - Opera News
The Bartered Bride, Glimmerglass Opera

“James Doing as Pedrillo was not only unexpectedly funny, but also stole the show vocally”

Frits van der Waa - De Volkskrant, Amsterdam
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Opera Holland

“James Doing offers a splendid study of the unhinged condition of Roderick Usher”

Werner Müller-Grimmel - Stuttgarter Zeitung
The Fall of the House of Usher, Stuttgarter Hofkonzerte

“Opera Theatre of St. Louis has assembled a terrific cast for this production, and at its head must stand the young tenor, James Doing”

Harry Weber - Riverfront Times, St. Louis
The Prodigal Son, Opera Theatre of St. Louis

“James Doing’s fine lyric tenor gave the character of Tybalt an energetic aggressive quality that ultimately proved his undoing.”

Michael Muckian - The Capital Times, Madison
Roméo et Juliette, Madison Opera

“Mr. Doing is that welcome phenomenon: a lyric tenor of honeyed sound and impeccable taste who can handle the passaggio with uncommon ease. This capacity permits him to be flexible with dynamics where many others are reduced to a modified form of yelling. A conscientious linguist, he is equally adept in Italian and German. Indeed both his "Una furtiva lagrima" and "Dies Bildnis" beg comparison with the best from recent singers. That he also presents a handsome and graceful stage figure doesn’t hurt a bit......both of Doing’s aforementioned solo moments (Nemorino and Ernesto) would likewise have graced any stage, anywhere.”

Erik Eriksson - The Green Bay News Chronicle
Concert of opera arias and duets



“The Evangelist James Doing sings remarkably supple, without the slightest difficulty or unease.”

Lidy van der Spek - Leidse Dagblad, Leiden, The Netherlands
Matthäus Passion, Bachkoor Holland, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

"[James Doing] gave a clear, dramatic, and pleasingly articulate voice to the exceptionally demanding recitatives that narrate the story. High entrances flew out with ease, and the constant call for pitch accuracy was well met."

William Barnewitz - Urban Milwaukee
The St. Matthew Passion, Bel Canto Milwaukee

“James Doing declaims Müller’s texts with his serene, sweeping, smooth voice”   

Horst Koegler - Stuttgarter Zeitung
Hans Zender orchestration of Schubert’s Winterreise, Musik der Jahrhunderte

“Deeply moving...never failed our expectations...more than impressive”

Benjamin Bar-Am - The Jerusalem Post
Missa Sancta Caeciliae, Israel Chamber Orchestra

“The American James Doing can claim an international career, as can be deduced through reading the program. This is understandable. His exceedingly articulate and agile voice masters the high tones effortlessly and relaxed. His intonation is exact, the Evangelist’s delivery possesses import with a combination of “reading” and “reflection.”  The coloratura of the “Frohe Hirten” aria dash along in a rippling, precise Mezzavoce - absolutely perfect.”

H. B. N. - Main-Echo, Germany
Wehnachtsoratorium, Konzertchor Darmstadt

“James Doing, on a return trip to Evansville, is a terrific, accomplished tenor with such a winning way that it’s delightful to listen to his storytelling.”

Rebecca Coudret - Evansville Courier & Press
Messiah, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, IN

“During Peter’s meditation at the empty tomb, Doing’s tenor was full of gentle yearning.”

Wynne Delacoma - Chicago Sun-Times
Oster-Oratorium, Music of the Baroque

“The soloists were solid without distinction, except for James Doing, whose lean, focused tenor had the right buoyancy for the "Domine Deus" duet and his tuneful solo "Benedictus."

Roy C. Dicks - The News & Observer, Raleigh
Mass in B minor, The Choral Society of Durham

Other newspaper and magazine comments

“Absolute star”
“splendid voice”
“amazing...light...flexible, a narrator with allure”
“tireless and razor-sharp”
“admirably accomplished, at times genuinely thrilling"