Opera

American tenor Joshua Stewart, “strikingly good” (The Guardian), has been praised for his “big, warm, confident” voice (Palm Beach Arts Paper) and “interpretive conviction” (Philadelphia City Paper). Displaying compelling artistry and versatility, he is quickly making a name for himself in the world of opera without losing touch with his jazz roots.


In the 2016-17 season, Stewart will make his Madison Opera debut in the title role in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. He will also return to Spain for several jazz concerts with the Bourbon Street Stompers brass band.


Recent debuts include Trin in La Fanciulla del West with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera de Lausanne and Opera de Fribourg, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Toledo Opera, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Carolina, Abdallo in Nabucco with Oberammergau Passionstheater, as tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with Toledo Symphony, and as the Erzengel in Das Spiel von der Auferstehung des Herrn by Walter Braunfels with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. He returned to Festival d Aix-en-Provence as the Shepherd in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellers.


In 2012, as member of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s opera studio, Stewart made his debut as the Priester in the world premiere of Babylon by Jörg Widmann. Additional roles, while a studio member, include Conte d’Albafiorita in Mirandolina, Joe in Gershwin’s Blue Monday, Jeppo Liverotto in Lucrezia Borgia, Albazar in Il Turco in Italia, Capitano in Simon Boccanegra, and Leibbojar in Boris Godunov. Other notable roles in his repertoire include Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Nemorino in L’elsir d’amore, Prunier in La Rondine, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Ruiz Alonso in Ainadamar, Toni Reischmann in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers and the title role in Idomeneo.


Stewart has performed at several different festivals such as Festival d’Aix (France), Rossini Opera Festival (Italy), Marlboro Music Festival (USA), Boyne Music Festival (Ireland), New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (USA), and Saint Bart’s Music Festival (Caribbean).


Stewart has worked with many renown conductors, including Paolo Carignani, Bertrand de Billy, Paolo Arrivabeni, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Benini, Carlo Montanaro, Constantin Trinks, Kent Nagano, Corrado Rovaris, Andrea Battistoni, George Manahan, Rossen Milanov, James Meena, Ari Pelto, James Judd. He has had the honor of performing for several world leaders, including President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George H. W. Bush.


A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Stewart is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Opera studying with Fred Carama. Stewart was a prize winner in the 2013 Internationaler Gesangswettbewerb Vokal genial and has also received several other awards.

Last updated: December 2016 

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Radio

Menotti: Songs (5)
Menotti: Le dernier sauvage (The Last Savage)
Mozart: Misero! o sogno; Aura che intorni spiri, K 431 (425b)
Donizetti: La fille du régiment
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Britten: Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still falls the Rain"
Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Verdi: La traviata
Donizetti: La fille du régiment
Gounod: Faust
Ponchielli: La Gioconda

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