Liam James Karai


Liam James Karai is a Bass-baritone of Scottish, Irish and Indian descent who is about to finish his Postgraduate Diploma at the RNCM, after previously graduating with a distinction on a Masters of Music in Performance under the tutelage of Quentin Hayes. He has already completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester reading Banking and Finance whilst on a vocal scholarship. Whilst studying at the RNCM, he has performed a variety of roles including the Minskman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Badger/Priest in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen, Ein Lakai and Der Haushofmeister in the prologue of Ariadne Auf Naxos and will be playing the title role of Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. Outside of the RNCM, Liam covered the principal role of Parsi Rustomji in Satyagraha at English National Opera, performed Leporello (Don Giovanni) with Allo Opera, performed Martino in British Youth Opera’s L’occasione fa il ladro at Opera Holland Park and will be a member of the Opera North chorus for Parsifal. This summer Liam will be a young artist at Salzburg Opera Festival and will have his international debut in Gianni Schicchi as Guccio. Liam will then go onto the International Opera Studio at Staatsoper Hamburg from 2022-24.


His sidekick is the energetic and darkly resonant Liam Karai - the Stage Yehunda Shapiro
Le nozze di Figaro

Karai's Figaro was sincere and centred, and his bass voice was delightful

Matthew Dougall - Number 9 Reviews

Le nozze di Figaro

Karai as Figaro and Orchard as Susana were superb, as was Malcolm’s Contessa. Their attention to the musical difficulty of Mozart’s arias was note-perfect

Robert Hamilton - Northern Soul opera Correspondent

Le nozze di Figaro

With his burnished baritone, strong throughout its range, and striking stage presence

- Anthony Ogus

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