James Allbritten

Teacher, conductor and singer James Allbritten brings over 30 years of experience to the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, having worked with major companies such as Piedmont Opera, Opera Theatre of the Rockies and Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

I believe in the Socratic Method of learning. I always teach by asking each student questions. This helps them own the information and teaches them to think critically.

James Allbritten


  • General and Artistic Director of Piedmont Opera, 2009-present
  • Principal Conductor Opera Theater or the Rockies Vocal Arts Festival, 2000-present
  • Conductor, Winston Salem Symphony Chorale, 1995-2001

Career Highlights 

  • Puts' "Silent Night," Piedmont Opera
  • Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro," Opera Theatre of the Rockies
  • Guettel's "The Light in the Piazza," Piedmont Opera
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," Opera Theatre of the Rockies
  • Wagner's "Der fleigende holländer," Piedmont Opera
  • Verdi's "Un ballo in maschera," Piedmont Opera
  • Puccini's "Turandot," Piedmont Opera

Awards, Recognitions and Honors 

  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching, 2013
  • Kenan Institute Class Act in Teaching Excellence, 2013
  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching, 2009
  • UNCSA Excellence in Teaching, 2004


  • Opera America
  • College Music Society


D.M.A. Conducting CandidateIndiana University

M.M. Choral ConductingIndiana University

B.M. VoiceUniversity of Louisville