British-American tenor Joshua Blue is currently a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with the Washington National Opera. During the 2018-19 season, Mr. Blue makes his debuts with the Kennedy Center as Alfredo Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata and with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda performing Act I of Puccini’s La bohème. He will also be returning to Carnegie Hall as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York and will also sing the work with Cleveland Chamber Orchestra under conductor James Gaffigan. Mr. Blue will sing the American premiere of Sardanapalo, by Franz Liszt, at the Library of Congress during the spring. Additional roles with WNO this season include Hippo/Holy man/Dog/Water Seller in Tesori’s The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me; David in Benavides’s Pepito, as part of the American Opera Initiative Festival; and Monsieur Triquet in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This summer, he joins Wolf Trap Opera to sing the role of Harlekin in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and will travel to Japan to cover the role of Monsieur Triquet at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.Read more
Last season, Mr. Blue made his debut at Carnegie Hall in Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra, and returned again to perform in the world premiere of Moravec’s Sanctuary Road with Oratorio Society. He also made debuts at Merkin Concert Hall with New York Festival of Song, and with Austin Opera as Scaramuccio in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. In recent Summers, Blue has been an Apprentice Singer with the Santa Fe Opera, a Gaddes Festival Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where he sang in the American Premier of Philip Glass’s The Trial, and a Vocal Fellow with Music Academy of the West where he portrayed Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.
He was a semi-finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in April of 2018. He has also received the Ellen Lopin Blair award for 1st place in the 2017 Oratorio Society of New York solo competition, and was noted as an Emerging Artist in the 2017 Opera Index Competition in New York City.
Mr. Blue earned his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2016, and recently graduated from The Juilliard School with a master’s degree, studying with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr.
“I defy any heart to resist Joshua Blue, a smiling, expressive tenor with ringing high notes….”
“Tenor Joshua Blue displayed a generous tenor sound that always sounded rather at ease with Verdi’s complex lines. From his very first entrance on ‘Kyrie,’ he displayed great confidence and clarity in his singing….He also displayed a versatility throughout the Offertorium, particularly in how he crescendoed throughout the ‘Hostias,’ only to provide a subtle but effective diminuendo on the trill that concludes the opening passage.”David Salazar