James Morris opened the 2009 - 2010 Lyric Opera of Chicago season as Scarpia in Puccini Tosca and was also a featured soloist in the “Stars of the Lyric Opera of Chicago” gala concert in Millennium Park. A favorite with New York audiences, he appeared in three Metropolitan Opera productions this season: his role debut as Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper in Alban Berg’s 'Lulu', his first MET appearances as Fiesco in Verdi’s 'Simon Boccanegra', and another role debut as Claudius in Thomas’s 'Hamlet'. On the New York concert stage, Mr. Morris performed in the annual Richard Tucker Gala and gave a recital in honor of the George London Foundation.
In the 2008 - 2009 season, Mr. Morris appeared in his signature role of Wotan in three complete cycles of Wagner’s 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' conducted by James Levine. He also performed Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s 'Eugene Onegin' at the Metropolitan Opera and sang in the Metropolitan Opera 125th Anniversary Gala, conducted by Maestro Levine. Other opera engagements included appearances as Filippo in Verdi’s 'Don Carlo' at the Cincinnati Opera and as Scarpia in Puccini’s 'Tosca' at the Opéra National de Paris. Mr. Morris also sang in concert performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Tanglewood, the Mahler's 8th Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (which won a 2010 Grammy Award), and Verdi’s 'Simon Boccanegra' with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Dayton Opera featured Mr. Morris in their Star Gala Recital Series in March 2009.