Tenor Joshua Sanders made his international operatic debut at Teatro Regio Torino, where he was contracted as an artist in residence for the 2017/18 season. While at Teatro Regio he sang roles in Tristan und Isolde, Turandot, Salome, Montiverdi’s L’Orfeo, Verdi’s I Lombardi alla prima crociata, and Le nozze di Figaro. During his engagement in Europe he also made his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. Mr. Sanders returned to the United States in August of 2018 to make his debut at the Berkshire Opera Festival as Matteo Borsa in their production of Rigoletto. His 2018/19 season began with a recital of Ukranian and American music at Opera America and included a recital and cabaret tour in Boston, as well as a concert performance of Frank Martin’s Le vin Herbé, co-presented by Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera. Other highlights from his 2018/19 season include his role and company debut with Heartbeat Opera as Don Ottavio in their production of Don Giovanni at the Chamber Music Northwest Festival, and his debut at Carnegie Hall with the MSM Philharmonic for their Centennial Gala Concert.
In the summer of 2017 Mr. Sanders completed a residency as a Bel Canto Young Artist at the Carmoor Festival, where he sang the role of Il conte in Manuel Garcia’s Un avvertimento ai gelosi and covered the role of Gualtiero in Bellini’s Il pirata. An alumnus of the Studio Artist Program at Wolf Trap Opera (2014/15), he returned there in 2017 for the premiere of Listen, Wilhelmina! a new children’s opera by David Hanlon and Kathy Kelly. In 2015 he made his principal debut with Madison Opera as Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd.
As a concert artist Mr. Sanders made his debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in 2016 as the Imaginary Voice in Berlioz’s Lélio. He has also been seen as a featured performer in Lee Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and as the tenor soloist in Bach’s Magnificat with the Westchester Oratorio Society. Other concert credits include: tenor soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel's Messiah, Vaughan William’s Pilgrims Journey and Serenade to Music.
Mr. Sanders has been an honored recipient of many awards, including: top prize from both the Opera Foundation competition and the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition, 2nd prize from the 31st annual Opera at Florham Vocal Competition, and 3rd prize from the Grand Stage International Song and Lieder Competition. Other accolades include awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Heida Hermanns International Voice Competition, and the Gerda Lissner Song and Lieder Competition.
Mr. Sanders holds a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of music, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.