James was born in Essex and began his singing career as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, continuing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He was a member of the Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
His roles include the title role in Albert Herring at the Salzburg Landestheater, Novice Billy Budd for English National Opera, Push by David Bruce for Tête-à-Tête, Sempronio Lo speziale in Tel Aviv, Mr Erlanson A Little Night Music at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Pirelli Sweeney Todd and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress for the Gothenburg Opera, Lensky Eugene Onegin for opera by definition, Roderigo Otello for the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Mas de Daumas Gassac The Lovely Ladies at the Buxton Festival and First Brother The Seven Deadly Sins for the Royal Ballet.
Enregistrement et Diffusion contiennent Le Dialogue des Carmélites pour la maison d’édition Chandos et Friday Night is Music Night pour Radio BBC 2.
He made his BBC Proms debut in 2006, and he has performed in concert with the BBC Philharmonic, Brighton Philharmonic, Huddersfield Choral Society, London Philharmonic and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
His current diary includes Don José Carmen at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Casta Diva – The Life and Loves of Maria Callas at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Beethoven Choral Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Mass in C at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Messiah with the Royal Choral Society, Handel Saul on tour with the Israel Camerata, Mozart Litaniae de Venerabili Altaris Sacramento with the Academy of Ancient Music at Mozartiana 2012 in Gdansk, Summer Spectacular and Last Night of the Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a Christmas Gala with the Ten Tors Orchestra and Viennese Galas with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011, James Edwards was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music by the Governing body of the RAM for distinguishing himself in the field of Opera.