American tenor Joshua Stewart, “strikingly good” (The Guardian), has been praised for his “big, warm, confident” voice (Palm Beach Arts Paper) and “interpretive conviction” (Philadelphia City Paper). Displaying compelling artistry and versatility, he is quickly making a name for himself in the world of opera without losing touch with his jazz roots.
The season 2018-19 opened with his debuts at the Atlanta Opera and the Arizona Opera in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and includes Lady Macbeth von Mtsensk with the Birmingham Opera Company and Sir Graham Vick, as well as Beethoven’s 9. Sinfonie with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.
In the season 2017-18 the tenor appeared as the Shepherd in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm with the Royal Opera Orchestra of Stockholm. In addition, he performed the role of Lazarus in the world premiere of Wake at the Birmingham Opera Company, directed by Sir Graham Vick. In April 2018 he was the tenor soloist in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid and conductor Tim Murray. In June 2018 he gave his celebrated debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the role of the Narrator in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri under the directional team of Gustavo Dudamel and Peter Sellars.
The season ended with performances of Zelmira with Gianluigi Gelmetti and Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo with Pietro Rizzo at the Belcanto Opera Festival „Rossini in Wildbad“. Recent debuts include the title role in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with Madison Opera, Trin in La Fanciulla del West at the Hamburg State Opera, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera de Lausanne and Opera de Fribourg, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Toledo Opera, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Carolina, Abdallo in Nabucco at the Oberammergau Passionstheater, as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with the Toledo Symphony, and as the Erzengel in Das Spiel von der Auferstehung des Herrn by Walter Braunfels with the Muenchner Rundfunkorchester. He also performed the Shepherd in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and at the Royal Festival Hall in London under the musical direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen.
As a member of the Bavarian State Opera’s studio, Joshua Stewart made his debut in 2012 as the Priester in the world premiere of Babylon by Jörg Widmann. Additional roles as a studio member include Conte d’Albafloria in Mirandolina, Joe in Gershwin’s Blue Monday, Jeppo Liverotto in Lucrezia Borgia, Albazar in Il Turco in Italia, and Capitano in Simon Boccanegra. Other notable roles in his repertoire include Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Prunier in La Rondine, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Toni Reischmann in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers and the title role in Idomeneo.
Joshua Stewart has performed at numerous festivals including Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), Rossini Opera Festival (Italy), Marlboro Music Festival (USA), Boyne Music Festival (Ireland), New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (USA), and Saint Bart’s Music Festival (Caribbean). He has worked with renowned conductors including Paolo Carignani, Bertrand de Billy, Paolo Arrivabeni, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Benini, Constantin Trinks, Kent Nagano, Corrado Rovaris, Andrea Battistoni, George Manahan, and James Meena,
He has had the honor of performing for several world leaders, including King Carl XVI. Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, Ex-President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Ex-President George H.W. Bush. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Joshua Stewart is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Opera. He was a prizewinner in the 2013 International Voice Competition „Vokal genial“ in addition to other awards.