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James Kuslan

Although James Kuslan’s conservatory training was theatrical (Yale Drama School), he has expressed his passion for opera and the singing voice as a consultant to the German classical music recording giant, Deutsche Grammophon, for which he has served as a voice scout, compilation producer of vocal CDs, copy and headline writer, writer of corporate communications and essayist for the DVDs of the Metropolitan Opera’s most recent productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale, both starring Anna Netrebko. He wrote the liner notes for the London label’s 20 CD collection, Opera Made Easy, featuring the artistry of Luciano Pavarotti, and for other best-selling releases. A frequent lecturer on topics operatic as well as a voice over artist, Kuslan also assumes the mantle of Master of Ceremonies for concerts of classical music, doing so twice for Roberto Iarussi in 2014. His original English language dialogue for Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus has been performed in the U.S.; his play Curtain Call, about an elderly theatrical couple who long to return to the stage, gets a staged reading in London later this year. A novel about the world’s greatest tenor is also in the works.