James R. Longacre
as The "Singing" Bejamin Franklin
James R. Longacre

James R. Longacre, tenor, is equally at home in the oratorio, orchestral and operatic repertoires. Included among this versatile singer's performances are leading roles in Candide, The Magic Flute, La Cenerentola, La Bohème, Italian Girl in Algiers, The Tales of Hoffmann, Abduction from the Seraglio, Gianni Schicchi, Carmen, and Madama Butterfly, and appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Opera Theater, OperaDelaware, Lake George Opera, Summer Opera Theater, Chattanooga Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Omaha, Michigan Opera Theater and The Hilton Head Symphony in South Carolina. Mr. Longacre made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in a New York Premiere of Norman Dello Joio's Canticle for the Child and his Avery Fisher Hall debut as tenor soloist in Bach's Magnificat in D, under the baton of noted conductor and composer John Rutter. James had the distinction of appearing in an Internationally Broadcast Masterclass on PBS- TV with Placido Domingo entitled Placido Domingo: the Tenor, the Teacher, which was taped here in Philadelphia at the University of the Arts. Locally, Philadelphia sports fans know him as the "Singing Voice of the Philadelphia Flyers" from his performances of the national anthems of Canada and the USA at the hockey club's home games from 1992 through the 1997 Stanley Cup Season. Mr. Longacre has also been seen in two musical theater productions at the Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia in Phantom and My Fair Lady, as Lt. Torasso in Stephen Sondheim's Passion at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia and as Mr. Fezziwig in The People's Light and Theater acclaimed premiere production of Dicken's A Christmas Carol. On March 18th, 2005 James received The Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award  in recognition of his Significant Career Accomplishments in the Performing Arts from Milton Hershey School, his high school Alma Mater.  Most recently, Mr. Longacre co-authored and performed a new revue "Benjamin Franklin & Friends” at The Rotunda at the University of Pennsylvania inWest Philadelphia, with his wife and colleague, Dorothy Cardella and is currently portraying Dr. Franklin in appearances and performances in the Philadelphia area. As a Teacher, James served on the Voice Faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is currently teaching private voice at his High School Alma Mater, Milton Hershey School, with his wife, and both are the founders of their new teaching venture MusicLessons@St. Mary's at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. James also maintains a private vocal teaching studio in Philadelphia.   James was a finalist in the second Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and also The Opera Company of Boston Vocal Competition in 1986. Mr. Longacre is a full card member of Actors Equity and American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).
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