Kimberly Gratland James
Mezzo-soprano Kimberly Gratland James (Zelda 1948) joined the UNLV School of Music faculty in 2017 as an Assistant Professor with more than 20 years of professional performance and teaching experience in vocal music. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Montana, where she primarily taught applied voice, voice pedagogy, and diction for singers. Kimberly maintains an active performance career, particularly as a concert artist and recitalist. She has performed in concert with the London Sinfonietta, the New World Symphony, the Los Angeles Symphony, and on stage with New Orleans Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Las Vegas, among other organizations. Her performance repertoire is quite diverse, encompassing oratorio works by Bach, operatic repertoire from Purcell to Wagner, and concert works by Verdi, Mahler, Ravel, and contemporary composers. She is passionate about culturally-situated art and modern art music and recently garnered acclaim for her portrayal of the role of the literary icon, Gertrude Stein, in Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavreks’ opera, 27, with Opera Las Vegas. She will perform the Nevada and Montana premieres of Through the Guarded Gate, a 50-state project “Beyond the Guarded Gate” which is the virtual march of Juliana Hall’s song cycle featuring the powerful messages of poet Margaret Widdemer’s words.