Joshua Whitener

Tenor

Biography

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.

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Reviews

“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?”

Dietmar Plattner

Online Merker, March 2018

“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”

Udo Pacolt

Der Opernfreund, April 2018

“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.”

Luca Benvenuti

Teatrionline, June 2018

“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'”.

Vittorio Mascherpa

Operaclick, April 2018