REVIEWS FOR ZACH AS THE SCRIBE IN 

AKHNATEN

BY PHILIP GLASS

ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA

"the role of the Scribe...here taken with firmness and clarity by bass Zachary James"

Opera News

"resonantly intoned, Zachary James's towering Scribe was certainly commanding"

Classical Source

"the sonorous and imposing Zachary James"

The Circus Diaries

"Zachary James was imposing as the pontificating Scribe and Narrator"

The Telegraph

"Che voce divina! Lo scriba con il ruolo di voce narrante e interpretato da Zachary James"

Alibi Online

"Zachary James has tremendous power and presence as the scribe, translating the parable down the ages for us."

THE ARTS DESK

"imposing delivered by Zachary James"

THE GUARDIAN

"Zachary James is sonorous"

THE EVENING STANDARD

"bass Zachary James emitted power and authority as the scribe who recounts aspects of Akhnaten's reign and its eventual collapse."

MUSIComh

"Zachary James's scribe, a powerful presence"

MATURE TIMES

"most notably the imposing Zachary James"

Bach Track

"As the Scribe, Zachary James's powerful voice, diction and commanding stage presence provided a firm grounding for the whole performance"

MARKRONAN.COM



REVIEWS FOR ZACH IN

BREAKING THE WAVES

WORLD PREMIERE AT OPERA PHILADELPHIA

"Zachary James was a strong voiced Terry"

Bach Track

"Zachary James is memorable in the small role of Terry"

Talkin' Broadway

"The scene-stealing Terry (Jan's confidant and best man played by Zachary James)"

The Art Blog



REVIEW FOR ZACH IN 

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

MASTERVOICES NYC

​"The impressive Zachary James displayed vocal oomph and range."

OPERA NEWS



REVIEW FOR ZACH AS JUDGE TURPIN IN 

SWEENEY TODD

OPERA ROANOKE

​"The sinister Judge Turpin is given a splendid performance by Zachary James"

​The Roanoke Times



REVIEWS FOR ZACH AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN

THE PERFECT AMERICAN

BY PHILIP GLASS

WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TEATRO REAL, MADRID, AND ON DVD

UK PREMIERE AT ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA, LONDON

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE AT OPERA QUEENSLAND & BRISBANE FESTIVAL

"...bass Zachary James provides the gravitas and perfectly executed choreography of the Audio-Animatronic robot of Abraham Lincoln."

 OPERA NEWS

"the quirky, tentacle-cabled-up animatronic of Abraham Lincoln is realized unforgettably by Zachary James, whose huge, robust bass resonates with force."

BACH TRACK

"Zachary James stood out as a commanding Abraham Lincoln, both vocally and physically..."

 OPERA BRITANNIA

"A highlight is a scene-stealing appearance from bass Zachary James as an animatronic Abraham Lincoln."

CLASSICAL MUSIC

"a particular highlight is the animated Abraham Lincoln, convincingly played by Zachary James whose chiseled features and styalized movement have you wondering for a few seconds whether he is real or truly a puppet."

BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

 "gloriously portrayed by Zachary James...wonderful...as funny as it was touching..."

"Stealing the show with his incredible height and skilful robot moves, Zachary James as the robot Lincoln"

 THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

"From among the superb cast...Zachary James as Abraham Lincoln...stands out"

 LONDONIST

"Zachary James as the malfunctioning animatronic Abraham Lincoln is at the centre of probably the most memorable scene...brilliant..."

THE ARTS DESK

"...Lincoln, extremely well realized by Zachary James..."

 OPERA TODAY

"the excellent Zachary James"

 GRAMOPHONE

"an excellent Zachary James"

 THE TIMES

"a brilliant portrayal of an animatronic Abraham Lincoln by Zachary James"

EXPRESS

"wittily played by Zachary James"

 THE STAGE

"Zachary James adds a brilliant cameo"

 FINANCIAL TIMES

"bass Zachary James was imposing as the uncontrollable Lincoln"

 WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Zachary James's lanky malfunctioning animatronic Abraham Lincoln is a striking turn"

 WHAT'S ON STAGE

"Zachary James had a touch of Daniel Day-Lewis in his Lincoln."

 LOS ANGELES TIMES

"excellent cameo by Zachary James as an animatronic Abraham Lincoln"

NEW STATESMAN

"Zachary James was especially striking"

BACH TRACK

"Abraham Lincoln, a Disneyland prop portrayed beautifully by Zachary James"

Brisbane times

"Zachary James gave grace and dignity to Abraham Lincoln"

the sydney morning herald

"Indeed, one of the opera's most memorable scenes thanks to a marvelous portrayal by Zachary James"

blue curtains brisbane



REVIEW FOR ZACH AS ALIDORO IN

LA CENERENTOLA

OPERA ROANOKE

"Zachary James was a striking Alidoro; he dominated several scenes by sheer presence alone, and he sang his Act I aria with pure tone and great verve."

ROANOKE TIMES



REVIEW FOR ZACH AS OSMIN IN

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

OPERA ROANOKE

"Osmin, was sung by bass Zachary James, who embraced his character’s villainy (and very low notes) with much flair and physicality."

Roanoke Times




REVIEWS FOR ZACH AS LURCH IN

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

ON BROADWAY

“Zachary James craftily lurches through the affair as the half-dead family butler”

 VARIETY

“South Pacific’s Zachary James nails every bit of physical business as Lurch, earning some of the night’s biggest laughs”

 NEW YORK

“the evening’s climax…the scene-stealing presence of the tall, ghoulish, low-note-hitting Zachary James, as the glacially slow butler Lurch.”

 FINANCIAL TIMES

"Zachary James delivered a powerful solo performance that left the audience in awe"

 THE EXAMINER

“Zachary James as Lurch…hilarious”

 VOGUE

Zachary James gives everyone a surprise at the end when he breaks into a glorious bass voice...

THEATER JONES

“…hulking…physically perfect…”

 TIME OUT NEW YORK

“…as the cadaverous Lurch, Zachary James makes music with his growls.”

 BLOOMBERG NEWS

“…numerous amusing acting turns… notably Zachary James as butler Lurch.”

 THEATER MANIA

Zachary James, as Lurch, chews up the scenery with a splendid comedic performances. Even when he is blocked upstage, your eyes go straight to him to see his hilarious facial expressions. He has several scenes that had me guffawing out loud. James is a very tall, lanky man who uses his body to wring out more physical comedy. And what he does in the finale is the comedic cherry on top of his crowd-pleasing performance.

 PEGASUS NEWS

“Zachary James is almost impossibly good as the mostly silent Lurch“

 NEW YORK PRESS

“Lurch, played with wonderful dryness and a deep bass by Zachary James”

 VARIETY

“Zachary James is comically droll as the ever-present Lurch”

 BROADWAY WORLD

“Zachary James gives a fun performance as the glacially paced, deep-voiced butler, Lurch.”

TALKIN' BROADWAY

“Zachary James is wonderfully incoherent as the muttering Lurch. ”

TRIB LIVE

“And there is even a priceless benediction delivered by the dour butler, Lurch

(Zachary James, who appears to have sprung directly from Charles Addams’ pen).”

 CHICAGO SUN TIMES

“…the tall and talented Zachary James as Lurch.”

 CHICAGO PRIDE



REVIEWS FOR ZACH AS PASQUALE

IN THE ENCORES! NYC CENTER OFF-BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF

THE MOST HAPPY FELLA

"And I loved, but loved, the bouncing, dancing chefs portrayed by Zachary James, Bradley Dean and Brian Cali"

THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Zachary James, Brian Cali and Bradley Dean bust out their opera voice for "Abbondanza", a crowd-pleasing homage to bel canto...an audience favorite..."

THEATER MANIA

"Zachary James, Bradley Dean, and Brian Cali...a trio....who practically had the crowd on its feet after their spirited rendition of "Abbondonza"."

THEATRE PIZZAZZ

"Brian Cali, Bradley Dean and Zachary James thrill as operatic waiters peddling amore"

TALKIN' BROADWAY




REVIEW FOR ZACH AS SWEENEY TODD IN

SWEENEY TODD

“Zachary James is on his way to Broadway stardom…”

 ST PETERSBURG TIMES




REVIEWS FOR ZACH AS THE BONZE IN

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

“…a powerful visit from the priest Bonzo, her uncle, excellently done in a brief appearance…”

KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL

“ridiculously handsome…a thrilling, booming voice… larger than life presence…” “(Zachary James) made it about the most imposing Bonze I’ve ever seen. Never mind it WAS the most imposing Bonze.”

OPERA L

“…excellent…” “…arresting…”

 DAILY PROGRESS

“…indeed perfect…”

FARRAGUT PRESS




REVIEWS FOR ZACH AS MILES GLORIOSUS IN

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

“…magnificently on the money…”

 THE PROVIDENCE PHEONIX

“bigger than life and broad-stroke funny”

 BROADWAY WORLD

“Outstanding…booming baritone…”

 THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

“…larger than life…dominates the stage with his menacing physical presence and booming voice…wildly comical…”

 MERCURY

“…powerhouse Zachary James plays Miles Gloriosus with a very funny sort of brute force…”

THE SUN

“Zachary James stands out as the conceited Miles Gloriosus; he’s gloriously cartoonish and has a booming, trained voice.”

 THE CALL

“Zachary James, puffed up with the combined egos of Jupiter and Mars, keeps the crowd in stitches throughout with his flash-pec, stab-first and ask questions later romp through the madness as Capt. Miles Gloriosus.”

 SOUTH COUNTY INDEPENDENT

“Captain Miles Gloriosus is splendidly played by Zachary James. He knocks your socks off with his powerful rendition of “Bring Me My Bride”"

 THEATER MIRROR




REVIEW FOR ZACH AS THE MAJOR GENERAL IN

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

“…steals the show…”

 THE ITHACAN



REVIEW FOR ZACH AS ABNER IN

LI’L ABNER

“…a fine voice…gives new meaning to the term hunk…”

 COURIER TIMES



REVIEWS FOR ZACH IN CONCERT APPEARANCES

“I could listen to James’ rendition of Reynaldo Hahn’s “L’Heure Exquise” on repeat for hours on end without ever growing tired of it...tune, tone, and resonance washes over the audience like a soothing wave of Parisian, well, amour.”

 BROADWAY WORLD

“a huge, booming baritone that got the attention of the entire neighborhood.“

CABARET SCENES

“…exquisitely focused baritone… a Vaudevillian opera divo.. .startlingly beautiful…”

BROADWAY WORLD

“…commanding versatility…”

 KURT WEILL NEWSLETTER