Canadian tenor Josh Lovell, a first-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, was a 2017 semi-finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
As part of the 2017/18 season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Josh Lovell will make his main stage debut as The Emperor Altoum in Turandot. Other assignments include covers of the title role in Orphée et Eurydice, as well as Bruno and Arturo in I Puritani. With Lyric Unlimited, Mr. Lovell will cover the role of Timothy Laughlin in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers. 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 Handel’s 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.
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 recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied with Stanford Olsen; he currently studies with Julia Faulkner and resides in Chicago and previously, was a student of tenor Benjamin Butterfield. Upon finishing his time with the Ryan Opera Center, Mr. Lovell will join the Ensemble of Vienna Staatsoper in Vienna, Austria.
(As of November 14, 2017)
“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
“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
“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
“…Teresa Castillo later strutted her stuff in a hilarious duet with Josh Lovell from Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.”