Canadian tenor Josh Lovell returns to the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper, performing Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Noboru in Henze's Das verratene meer and Andres in Wozzeck, among other roles. Mr. Lovell will also make house debuts at Teatro alla Scala as Ferdinand in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Ernesto in Don Pasquale.
Canadian tenor Josh Lovell, whose voice has been described by the Chicago Classical Review as “a consistent cause for joy,” is an ensemble member with the Wiener Staatsoper and the winner of the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. His engagements in Vienna during the 2021-2022 season include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Noboru in Henze’s Das verratene meer, Andres in Wozzeck, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer, “Lukas” in a staged version of Haydn’s The Seasons, and the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, among other roles. In addition, Mr. Lovell will make house debuts at Teatro alla Scala as Ferdinand in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Ernesto in Don Pasquale. Cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic included a return to Pacific Opera Victoria as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, performances of Haydn’s Creation with the Vancouver Symphony, and a solo recital at the Wiener Musikverein.
In the 2020-2021 season, Lovell performed as Noboru in the premiere of Henze’s Das verratene Meer, Narraboth in Salome, and Lucano in L’incoronazione di Poppea. As a guest artist, he made his debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper as Florville in Il signor Bruschino and joined the New Generation Festival in Firenze as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola.
In the 2019-2020 season, during his inaugural season with the Wiener Staatsoper, Lovell’s engagements included Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lurcanio in Ariodante, Don Ottavio, Don Ramiro, Ernesto, and Ruodi in Guillaume Tell. He also made his house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and in concert, sang Mozart’s Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Symphony.
In the 2018-2019 season, Lovell completed his tenure with The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, performing Odoardo in Ariodante, Le Doyen de la Faculté in Cendrillon, and a Trojan in Idomeneo. On the Chicago concert stage, he debuted with Music of the Baroque, performing Bach’s Coffee Cantata, conducted by Dame Jane Glover, and sang the Messiah with The International Music Foundation, as well as the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. He also debuted as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir in Canada, sang select Bach cantatas as well as the Magnificat with Baroque Ensemble I Musici de Montréal, and performed a program of arias with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he made role debuts as Count Almaviva at the Aspen Music Festival and as Don Ottavio at the New Generation Festival.
Past operatic highlights include performances as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. As a member of the Ryan Opera Center, Lovell covered the title role in Orphée et Eurydice, Arturo I Puritani, and Arbace in Idomeneo.
On the concert stage, Lovell has vast experience from numerous performances of the works of Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Britten, Vaughan Williams, and Bach. Most notably he sang opposite Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn as part of the Jazz Trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, during the “Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein” concert at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
A Victoria, British Columbia native, Josh Lovell is the 2018 Grand Prize and Opera Prize winner of the 52nd Annual International Vocal Competition’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, the 2nd place winner of the 2018 Dallas Opera competition, and the 3rd place winner of the Marcello Giordani Foundation competition.