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 begins with a recital of Ukranian and American music at Opera America and will include 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 National Opera. In the spring of 2019, Mr. Sanders will make his Carnegie Hall debut with the MSM Philharmonic for their Centennial Gala Concert. This summer he will sing Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni presented by Heartbeat Opera at the Chamber Music Northwest festival.
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, and Vaughan William’s Pilgrims Journey.
Mr. Sanders has been an honored recipient of many awards, most recently winning 3rd prize at the Grand Stage International Lieder and Song Competition. In 2017 he was named a winner of both the Opera Foundation Competition and the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship 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.