What do Lyric chorister Branden James and Chicago’s late-summer weather have in common? Both have been hot, hot, hot!

 

What do Lyric chorister Branden James and Chicago’s late-summer weather have in common? Both have been hot, hot, hot! James has blazed through elimination rounds of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” this summer, earning a spot in the finals of the national talent show. On Tuesday, September 10, at 8pm CDT , James returns to the Radio City Music Hall stage, competing for a spot as one of 6 finalists—with his sights set on the $1 million prize.

James, a member of Lyric’s chorus since the 2010-11 season, has appeared in 21 operas, concerts, and musicals at Lyric Opera, most recently in the spring 2013 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!.

James’s “Talent”-ed journey began at the Chicago auditions earlier this summer, where he impressed the judges and earned a pass to the next round of competition in Las Vegas. He then advanced to the quarterfinals, which featured the top 60 acts performing live at Radio City Music Hall. James’s performance of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” earned enough votes from viewers around the country to advance to the semifinals. His operatic rendition of Heart’s “Alone” secured his spot in the Top 12 finals.

Bravo, Branden! Toi toi toi for the finals!

Click here to vote for Branden James starting at 9:55pm CDT.