Joshua Blue



British-American tenor Joshua Blue launches the 2019-20 season by performing Beethoven’s Symphony #9 accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra for the Opening Festival of The REACH at the Kennedy Center. Opera engagements this season feature role debuts as Tamino in the Maurice Sendak production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Washington National Opera, Alfred in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Berkshire Opera Festival. Additional performances at Washington National Opera include singing the role of  Man 1 in the D.C premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s Blue directed by the work’s librettist Tazewell Thompson and Philistine Messenger in Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah conducted by John Fiore. Concerts this season will be marked with a return to Carnegie Hall to join Musica Sacra for Handel’s Messiah, his first performances in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Florida Orchestra, and the premiere of a fascinating new program called Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Songs from Gay Harlem with the New York Festival of Song with pianist Steven Blier.

Last season Mr. Blue made debuts at the Kennedy Center as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with Washington National Opera and with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda for Act I of Puccini’s La bohème in concert. He joined Wolf Trap Opera to sing the role of Harlekin in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis under conductor Geoffrey McDonald and traveled to Japan to cover the role of Monsieur Triquet in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin conducted by Fabio Luisi and directed by Peter McClintock at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. Mr. Blue was tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall and the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra under conductor James Gaffigan. Mr. Blue also sang the American premiere of the rarely heard Franz Liszt opera Sardanapalo at the Library of Congress. Additional roles with Washington National Opera included Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin; Hippo/Holy man/Dog/Water Seller in Tesori’s The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me; and David in Benavides’s Pepito as part of the American Opera Initiative Festival.

Mr. Blue’s previous seasons have included his debut at Carnegie Hall in Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York; performances in Moravec’s Sanctuary Road at Merkin Concert Hall with New York Festival of Song; the American premiere of Philip Glass’s The Trial at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and performing the roles of Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss with Austin Opera and Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore  with the Music Academy of the West. 

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“I defy any heart to resist Joshua Blue, a smiling, expressive tenor with ringing high notes….”

Anne Midgette

The Washington Post

“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


“It isn’t often that a previously unknown opera by a major 19th-century composer comes to light. But such is the case with Franz Liszt’s unfinished Sardanapalo, based on a drama by Byron and given its U.S. premiere in a concert performance Saturday afternoon at the Library of Congress….Joshua Blue’s expressive tenor was a perfect match for the complexity of Sardanapalo’s character.”

Patrick Rucker

The Washington Post