Baritone James Shaffran’s versatility and audience appeal have established him as a Washington favorite, equally at home on concert and opera stages. His work on the RCA Red Seal disc Of Rage and Remembrance (Corigliano), with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra, helped earn the recording the Best Classical Album Grammy. Well-known for his operatic versatility, Mr. Shaffran has performed roles with virtually every opera company in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as several other East Coast companies. He has shared the stage as principal with Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Sherrill Milnes, Samuel Ramey and Denyce Graves; he is a veteran of more than 250 performances and more than 50 principal roles with the Washington National Opera. Highly regarded for his sensitive and powerful concert work, Mr. Shaffran is a frequent guest performer with most instrumental organizations and choral societies in the Washington-Baltimore area, and across the nation. He has soloed under the batons of Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Christopher Hogwood, receiving critical renown from chamber to concert hall. This season he appears in several WNO productions including Sciarrone in Tosca— simulcast at Nationals Park—and as the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. He appears as bass soloist in the Durufle Requiem with the Amadeus Orchestra; he performs Bach with the National Chamber Players and the Mozart Requiem with Capitol City Symphony. This summer he will perform as soloist-in-residence at Wells Cathedral in the U.K. Mr. Shaffran and his wife Mary, a public health executive and lyric soprano with whom he performs regularly in charity and outreach work, live with their son Stephen, 12, in Annandale, VA. He is delighted to be making his major-role debut with Opera Lafayette.