Canadian tenor Josh Lovell is in his final year as a member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is the 2018 Grand 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, and was a 2017 semi-finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In the 2018/19 season, Josh Lovell will continue 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 will cover the roles of Arbace in Idomeneo, the Young Servant in Elektra, and Lurcanio in Ariodante. On the Chicago concert stage, Josh Lovell will debut 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 will also debut the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Victoria Philharmonic in Canada, and sing select Bach cantatas as well as the Magnificat with Baroque ensemble I Musici de Montréal.
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 Britten–Pears 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 Victoria Symphony in British Columbia as well as with the Toledo Symphony. Other orchestral work includes 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.
Additional professional and academic awards and honors include a Vancouver Opera Guild grant, 3rd place in the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition, the Johann Strauss Foundation scholarship, which allowed for a period of study at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and a winner of the Cooper-Bing International Opera Competition with Opera Columbus.
A Victoria, British Columbia native, Josh Lovell 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. Upon finishing his time with the Ryan Opera Center, Mr. Lovell will join the Ensemble of Vienna Staatsoper in Vienna, Austria.
Congratulations to tenor Josh Lovell, who was named both the Grand Prize and Opera Prize winner at the 52nd Annual International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch on 15 September. In the finals, Josh performed "Ich baue ganz" from Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem...
“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
“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
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“…Teresa Castillo later strutted her stuff in a hilarious duet with Josh Lovell from Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.”
“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.’ “
“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.”