American Tenor, Joshua Whitener, praised by the Online Merker as a singer who “shines with his expressive lyric voice,” is widely acknowledged to be one of the most exciting lyric tenors of his generation.
Currently a member of the ensemble at National Theater Mannheim, Whitener will sing the roles of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Narraboth in Salome, Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, and Orombello in Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda at his home theater during the 2019/20 season.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season included his house and role debut as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos at Teatro alla Scala, and as the 4th Jew in Salome at the Salzburger Festspiele, both under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst; performances of Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld, as well as tenor soloist in Calixto Bieto’s staged version of Monteverdi Vespers at National Theater Mannheim; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Theater Bonn; Alfred in Die Fledermaus at Staatstheater Darmstadt; and Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at Staatstheater Meiningen.Read more
The 2017/18 season saw Whitener singing the role of Lyonel in Flotow ‘s Martha at Landestheater Innsbruck; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Aalto Theater Essen, National Theater Mannheim, Theater Dortmund, and Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen; Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at Staatstheater Meiningen and Mainfranken Theater Würzburg; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at National Theater Mannheim; and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress at Staatstheater Kassel.
Operatic highlights from previous seasons include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte in Dortmund; Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at National Theater Mannheim, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Landestheater Linz, and Elvino at the side of Eva Mei in La Sonnambula and Tom Rakewell at Mainfranken Theater Würzburg.
On the concert stage, Whitener has sung the tenor solos in Verdi Requiem at the Stuttgarter Liederhalle, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Dortmund Konzerthaus; the Evangelist in the St. John’s Passion in Vienna and Brno; Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the Würzburg Philharmonic Orchestra; as well as numerous open air concerts throughout Europe.
Mr. Whitener is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music. He is currently a member of the ensemble at National Theater Mannheim, and has held other ensemble positions at Theater Dortmund and Mainfranken Theater Würzburg. Additionally, Whitener was a member of the Opera Studios at Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. A native of Columbia, Missouri, Whitener currently resides in Würzburg, Germany.
“The engaged Lyonel, tenor Joshua Whitener, was promptly and warmly celebrated. A Lyonel like out of the picture books – equipped with a charming appearance, sensitive acting and with radiant beautifully timbred lyric tenor voice – opera hearts, what more do you want?”
“American Tenor, Joshua Whitener, shines in the role of Lyonel with his lyric, expressive voice, and through his sensitive portrayal of his role. His interpretation of his aria, ‘Martha, Martha, du entschwandest …’und “Ach, so fromm, ach, so traut’, is wistful and deeply moving”
“Joshua Whitener debuts as Lyonel. The American tenor offers a cultivated interpretation, with beautiful high notes that are never pushed, outlining a passionate lover. ‘ Ach, so fromm’ is greeted by thunderous applause.”
“The American tenor is in possession of a flexible and powerful voice, with an excellent control of vibrato, and a personality that leads him to portray a passionate Lyonel… An ovation welcomes his “Ach, so fromm, ach so traut'”.