Hailed for his “big, warm, confident” voice (Palm Beach Arts Paper) and “interpretive conviction” (Philadelphia City Paper), American tenor Joshua Stewart is quickly making a name for himself in the world of opera, displaying compelling artistry and a remarkably versatile voice that is equally at home in repertoire ranging from Handel, to Rossini, to Stravinsky to Gershwin.
Mr. Stewart’s 2012-13 season began at the Bayerische Staatsoper, singing roles in various operas throughout their season. In February, he returned to the United States to sing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, in addition to a concert of Carmina Burana in Toledo, Ohio.
Stewart recently graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, finished his second season at the Marlboro Music Festival and sang concerts throughout Europe as part of Curtis On Tour.
In the 2010-2011 season, Joshua made his European operatic debut to great acclaim as Belfiore in Emilio Sagi’s classic production of Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival as part of the Accademia Rossiniana, under the tutelage of Maestro Alberto Zedda, after first working on Mozart in France at the Aix-en-Provence Festival’s Académie Européenne de Musique. The season also included two role debuts with the Curtis Opera Theatre, the Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias and the title-role in Idomeneo under the baton of George Manahan, as well as Mozart’s Requiem with the Gloria Musicae.
On the concert stage, Stewart has been heard as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Master Chorale of South Florida under the baton of James Judd, Mozart’s Requiem the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.
Stewart spent three summers at the Music Academy of the West, where he began to work with Fred Carama and legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, as well as performed the role of Wilhelm Meister in Mignon conducted by George Manahan. In 2010, Stewart was chosen to perform concerts in Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, in celebration of Marilyn Horne’s 75th birthday.
An avid singer of contemporary music, Joshua is becoming a favorite of many composers and audiences after his portrayals of the Hauptmann in Berg’s Wozzeck, “It was impressive to hear him sing the murderously high tessiture so cleanly, without caricature…” (Opera News), and the Man with the luggage (lyric tenor) in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, (now available on a critically acclaimed CD) recently released on Albany Records.
In 2008, well versed in the style of jazz improvisation, Stewart became the first non-flamenco tenor to take on the demanding role of Ruiz Alonso in the Philadelphia premiere of Golijov’s tragic opera, Ainadamar under the baton of Corrado Rovaris.
Other engagements from the 2005-2010 include, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, and Conte d’Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Prunier in La Rondine, Conte di Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims, with the Curtis Opera Theatre, Octavius Caesar in the Philadelphia premiere of Antony and Cleopatra, in collaboration with the Curtis Opera Theatre, the Kimmel Center and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Trin and Joe in La Fanciulla del West at the St. Barth’s Music Festival under the baton Steven Mercurio.
In 2007-2008, Mr. Stewart had the privilege of singing for the Liberty Medal ceremony, honoring Former President George H.W. Bush and Bono, and the historic Democratic National Debate in Philadelphia, PA, between President Barak Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Joshua started his musical training as a jazz singer and currently lives in Munich, Germany, where he is a member of the opera studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper.