Australian/American bass Joshua Bloom has sung principal roles with Opera Australia, San Francisco Opera, LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, English National Opera, Badisches Staatstheater, Opera Northern Ireland and Garsington Opera, among others.
He has also appeared on the concert stage with the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the LA Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as well as the Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide and Western Australian Symphonies.
Joshua’s 2017/18 season includes house debuts with Oper Köln, Opera Colorado and Israeli Opera, and role debuts as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with English National Opera and Israeli Opera, Faraone in Rossini’s virtuosic Mosè in Egitto and Kaspar in Der Freischütz. He will also be returning to work with the Britten Sinfonia in Gerald Barry’s The Conquest of Ireland at the Barbican. 2017/18 sees him working with such conductors as Thomas Adès, Daniel Cohen, David Parry, Ari Pelto and Alexander Soddy and directors including Lotte de Beer, Robert Carsen and Matthew Ozawa.
Recent highlights include a world premiere of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Underground with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Thomas Ades; his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, revisiting Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, directed by Peter Sellars; a role debut as Blansac, in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, conducted by David Parry and a return to the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera and at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
Joshua appears on NMC’s Grammy nominated recording of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest as Algernon Moncrieff, conducted by Thomas Adès; the New York Philharmonic’s live recording of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen as Harašta, conducted by Alan Gilbert; The Metropolitan Opera’s HD Broadcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni as Masetto, conducted by Fabio Luisi; the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall broadcast of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, as The Black Minister, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO Live recording of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande as The Shepherd/Doctor conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Joshua was born in Australia to musician parents and studied cello and double-bass as well as being a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. He went on to study History at the University of Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1996.
His professional debut in opera was in an OzOpera touring production of The Barber of Seville, after which he joined the Young Artist Programme of Opera Australia in Sydney, and later the Merola and Adler Fellowship Programmes at the San Francisco Opera.
Joshua is represented worldwide by Simon Goldstone at Rayfield Allied.
The Garden – Richard Ayres
September 5, 13, November 10
Bluebeard’s Castle – Bela Bartok
Bluebeard (Role debut)
Irish National Opera, dir. Enda Walsh
October 12, 13, 14
Norma – Bellini
Oroveso (Role Debut)Chelsea Opera Group
Messiah – Handel
Academy of Ancient Music
Don Giovanni – Mozart
Palm Beach Opera, dir. Kristine McIntyre
February 22, 23
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[Bloom] would have graced any production in the world. [His] Figaro was the vocal star of the evening, delivering his arias with a dark, virile bass sound, immaculate diction and pugilistic rhythmic attack.
Hugh Canning, Opera
I have never known a Figaro like Joshua Bloom’s – a gale-force character with a thunderous sound… both comic and touching thanks to brilliant acting.
Michael Church, The Independent
…a wonderfully controlled and methodically crafted Figaro, his huge vocal capacity never once overwhelming his musical intellect. When challenging the Count’s proprietorial assumptions, Bloom’s voice was indignantly resonant; but when, in Act 4, Figaro believed himself duped and betrayed, Figaro was endowed with a credible vulnerability, which tempered Bloom’s sturdy bass. Bloom has presence, panache and vocal power: a winning triplet.
Claire Seymour, Opera Today
Joshua Bloom’s Figaro is equally definitive; he’s just lovable enough, just daft enough, to make you sympathize with his character, and his singing is first rate – angrily blustering without losing the line in ‘Se vuol ballare’ and ‘Aprite un po’ quegli occhi’ and mellifluous in ensemble.
Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH
Armed with a physically relaxed presence and a rich, beautifully produced bass, Joshua Bloom pulls off the considerable trick of tastefully playing a character who has no taste. It’s easy to go for broke as Bottom but Bloom stays truthful while maximising laughs.
David Benedict, The Arts Desk
Outstanding in quality is Bloom’s grandiose Bottom.
George Hall, The Stage
[Bloom’s] comic timing is perfect.
Michael Church, The Independent
Joshua Bloom [was a] scene-stealing, ego-swaggering Bottom.
Peter Reed, Classical Source
Joshua Bloom made an engaging Bottom, well sung and nicely characterised with an arrogant swagger but without too much of the self-importance, which can be a bit annoying. He had great fun with the suggestiveness of the donkey costume.
Robert Hugill, Opera Today
As Faraone, Joshua Bloom has a dark and powerful bass that radiates enormous authority.He shines in his extraordinary aria in the first act.
Thomas Molke, Online Musik Magazine
Vocally, the cast is of a class better class than the Bregenz competition. This is true in particular of the Pharaoh of Joshua Bloom with his powerful bass.
Pedro Obiera, Aachener Nachrichten
Joshua Bloom’s impressive Pharaoh was outstanding.
Bernhard Hartmann, General Anzeiger Bonn
Joshua Bloom lit up the stage whenever he was on it.
Michael White, The New York Times
Rattle didn’t disappoint either, provoking passionate performances from his orchestra and excellent soloists: in particular Joshua Bloom (Daedalus).
Hannah Nepil, Financial Times