Josh Lovell

Tenor

Biography

Canadian tenor Josh Lovell, whose voice has been described by the Chicago Classical Review as “a consistent cause for joy,” is an ensemble member with the Wiener Staatsoper and the winner of the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. His engagements in Vienna during the 2021-2022 season include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Noboru in Henze’s Das verratene meer, Andres in Wozzeck, Lucano in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer, “Lukas” in a staged version of Haydn’s The Seasons, and the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, among other roles. In addition, Mr. Lovell will make house debuts at Teatro alla Scala as Ferdinand in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Ernesto in Don Pasquale. Cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic include a return to Pacific Opera Victoria as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Mozart’s Requiem with the Victoria Choral Society.

In the 2020-2021 season, engagements at the Wiener Staatsoper included the premiere of Henze’s Das verratene Meer, Narraboth in Salome, and Lucano. As a guest artist, Mr. Lovell made his debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper as Florville in Il signor Bruschino and joined the New Generation Festival in Firenze as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola.

In the 2019-2020 season, for his inaugural season with the Wiener Staatsoper, Josh Lovell performed Lysander, Lurcanio, Don Ottavio, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, and Ruodi in Guillaume Tell. He also made his house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre as Count Almaviva and sang Mozart’s Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Symphony.

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Lovell completed his tenure with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, performing Odoardo in Ariodante, Le Doyen de la Faculté in Cendrillon, and a Trojan in Idomeneo. He covered the roles of Arbace in Idomeneo, the Young Servant in Elektra, and Lurcanio. On the Chicago concert stage, he debuted with Music of the Baroque, performing Bach’s Coffee Cantata, conducted by Jane Glover, and sang the Messiah with The International Music Foundation and Apollo Chorus of Chicago. He also debuted as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir in Canada, sang select Bach cantatas as well as the Magnificat with Baroque ensemble I Musici de Montréal, and performed a program of arias with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

Past operatic highlights include Mr. Lovell’s main stage debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as the Emperor Altoum in Turandot. His time in the Ryan Opera Center also featured performances as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as the covers of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice and both Arturo and Bruno in I Puritani. Additionally, he made role debuts as Count Almaviva at the Aspen Music Festival and as Don Ottavio at the New Generation Festival.

On the concert stage, he sang opposite Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn as part of the Jazz Trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, during the “Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein” concert at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other highlights include performing the Messiah with the Toledo Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, Bach’s Mass in B minor with The Handel Society, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Victoria Baroque Players, and Handel’s Jephtha with the Oakland Choral Society.

A Victoria, British Columbia native, Josh Lovell is the 2018 Grand Prize and Opera Prize winner of the 52nd Annual International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, the 2nd place winner of the 2018 Dallas Opera competition, the 3rd place winner of the Marcello Giordani Foundation competition, and a 2017 semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Canadian tenor Josh Lovell is in his first season in the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper, performing Lysander in a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lurcanio in David McVicar’s production of Ariodante, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola and finally, Ernesto in Don Pasquale. Other opera includes Don Ramiro with The New Generation Festival in Florence, Gonsalve in L’Heure Espagnol with Wolf Trap Opera and Poisson in Adriana Lecouvreur as part of Salzburg Festival’s Young Singer’s Project. Other engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony and Victoria Choral Society and Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Symphony.

In the 2018/19 season, Josh Lovell completed his tenure with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, performing Odoardo in Ariodante, Le Doyen de la Faculté in Cendrillon, and a Trojan in Idomeneo. He covered the roles of Arbace in Idomeneo, the Young Servant in Elektra, and Lurcanio in Ariodante. On the Chicago concert stage, he debuted with Music of the Baroque, performing Bach’s Coffee Cantata, conducted by Jane Glover, as well as Handel’s Messiah with The International Music Foundation and Apollo Chorus. He also debuted the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir in Canada, select Bach cantatas as well as the Magnificat with Baroque ensemble I Musici de Montréal and a program of arias with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

As part of the 2017/18 season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Josh Lovell made his main stage debut as The Emperor Altoum in Turandot. Other assignments included covers of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice, as well as Bruno and Arturo in I Puritani. He sang opposite Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn as part of the Jazz Trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, in the “Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein” concert at Lyric Opera of Chicago. With Lyric Unlimited, Mr. Lovell covered the role of Timothy Laughlin in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers. In the summer of 2018, Josh Lovell debuted Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Aspen Music Festival and School and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the New Generation Festival, performed in the Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini al Prato in Florence, Italy. He was also a participant in the The BrittenPears Young Artist Programme in the UK.

Past operatic work includes Ferrando in Così fan tutte as part of the Ryan Opera Center as well as at the University of Michigan, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, also at the University of Michigan, and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and Bardolfo in Falstaff with Pacific Opera Victoria. As an artist with the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, Josh Lovell performed scenes from The Rake’s Progress and Le Comte Ory. While at the University of Michigan, he also portrayed Bao Yu in workshop performances of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, a new work commissioned by San Francisco Opera.

An avid concert performer, Josh Lovell has performed Messiah with the Toledo Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra, Bach’s Mass in b minor with The Handel Society, Handel’s Jephtha with the Oakland Choral Society and Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the Victoria Baroque Players.

A Victoria, British Columbia native, Josh Lovell is the 2018 Grand Prize and Opera Prize winner at the 52nd Annual International Vocal Competition‘s-Hertogenbosch, in The Netherlands, the 2nd place winner of the 2018 Dallas Opera competition, 3rd place winner of the Marcello Giordani Foundation competition, and was a 2017 semi-finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied with Stanford Olsen. Previously, he was a student of Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria, and currently studies with Julia Faulkner.

Recent News

Josh Lovell Wins 39th Belvedere Singing Competition

Huge congratulations to Canadian tenor Josh Lovell, named the winner of the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. Josh took home the First Prize and Media Prize in the competition, with finals held on June 27, 2021 in Erfurt, Germany and hosted...

Reviews

“Canadian tenor Josh Lovell was cast as Don Ottavio, often played as an effete and ineffectual individual; here, in his rich velvet doublet and hose and carrying a sword, he came over as a strong and determined character. Lovell has a luminous lyric tenor voice with perfect enunciation and phrasing: ‘Dalla sua pace’ was one of the highlights of the evening.”

Juliet Giraldi

Opera Now

“The Canadian showed two sides of his singer’s personality. In Mozart he was lyrical, somewhat introverted, stylish. In Donizetti he blazed fearlessly and with confidence through the famous series of ceiling notes at the end of ‘Pour mon âme’. His voice is compact and solid, with a revered-naïve tone that makes him cut for Donizetti’s Tonio and other belcant parts with a comical touch.”

Jordi Kooiman

Place de l’Opera

“The central couple were dream casting: Anush Hovhannisyan’s Donna Anna was sung with infinite grace, while Josh Lovell partnered her as Don Ottavio with an expressive purity of tone which we all too seldom hear.”

Michael Church

The Independent

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“Josh Lovell, whose sumptuously developed, lyric tenor will be a major addition to productions of works from the Baroque and bel canto repertoire. Lovell’s secure top notes, expressive line, and clear decoration in rapid passage work helped transform this Rossinian gem into a fitting first conclusion.”

Salvatore Calomino, Opera Today

“As Lindoro in the excerpt from Il barbiere, first-year member Josh Lovell demonstrated his impressive tenor in a stellar performance of this challenging part, executing the florid lines with style and poise. His phrasing made any breaths he took unnoticeable, as he delivered lines and phrases with the finesse of a seasoned professional.”

James L. Zychowicz, Seen and Heard International

“Canadian tenor Josh Lovell proved his comic timing and ease with bel canto at the Schwabacher concert, and he got us again with his ridiculously sexy approach in a seduction scene from Rossini’s Le Comte Ory . Teresa Castillo was his target this time, and she eyed his booty-shaking, chest-baring antics with a combination of interest and disdain. She triumphed with a tier of cake in his face. They brought the house down.”

Philip Campbell, The Bay Area Reporter

  “…Teresa Castillo later strutted her stuff in a hilarious duet with Josh Lovell from Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.”

Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

“I was struck by the singing of Josh Lovell, perhaps the best of the young singers on display this evening, in the final aria of Part One, ‘Ach, mein Sinn.’ “

James Young, Music in Victoria

“Soprano Teresa Castillo & tenor Josh Lovell had good ensemble in a bubbly duet from Le Comte Ory…Mr. Lovell’s high notes were controlled & secure. He agilely bounded around the stage, & the wedding cake finally came into play when Ms. Castillo lifted its top tier & smashed it in her partner’s face.”

Alex Feldheim, Not For Fun Only Blogspot

 

 

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