Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Joshua Stewart


In recent appearances, American tenor Joshua Stewart joined celebrated conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on tour in the UK, to Paris and to Germany as tenor soloist in Tippett’s A Child of our Time.  He traveled to the US to appear with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Das Paradies und die Peri under the baton of Paolo Bortolameolli.  Enjoying a long collaboration with Peter Sellars, the artist sang the role of The Shepherd Oedipus Rex in performances staged by the director under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, at Festival Aix en Provence, and in London at the Royal Festival Hall. He made his debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic as Narrator in Sellars’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Gustavo Dudamel on the podium.


Previous season’s highlights include the roles of Zinovy Lady Macbeth of Mstensk and Lazarus in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Wake, both at Birmingham Opera Company directed by Graham Vick; Antenore Zelmira and Giove Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo at Rossini in Wildbad; Trin La Fanciulla del West at Hamburg State Opera; Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Opera de Lausanne and Opera de Fribourg; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at Toledo Opera; Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Carolina.


Joshua Stewart is a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a former member of Munich’s Bavarian State Opera Studio, where he appeared in the productions of Christoph Loy, Richard Jones, Constantine Trinks, Kent Nagano, Dan Ettinger and Maurizio Benini. His background in jazz made him a perfect candidate for the title role in the new opera, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, which he sang at Arizona Opera, Madison Opera, Atlanta Opera and Seattle Opera.

“Joshua Stewart as Parker masterfully navigates the challenging score, adapting with jazzier vocals or powerful vibratos.”

Crystal Paul, Seattle Times, 25 February 2020

“As “king of saxophone” Charlie Parker, New Orleans native Joshua Stewart’s clarion tenor projected superbly, with spot-on operatic placement from the low to high ranges and in some notable Mozartian flourishes, poignant soul style, and deftness. He handled the stratospheric tessitura and dramatic demands of this non-stop tour de force with such great proficiency that the audience practically raised the roof with their applause at the end.”

Erica Miner, Bachtrack, 23 February 2020

Argento: Postcard from Morocco (Lyric Tenor)

Barber: Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40 (Caesar)

Battistelli: Wake (Lazarus)

Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Tebaldo)

Berg: Wozzeck, Op. 7 (Hauptmann)

Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti {Tenor (Jazz Trio)}

Britten: Albert Herring, Op. 39 (Mr. Upfold)

Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino)

Golijov: Ainadamar (Ruiz Alonso)

Henze: Elegy for Young Lovers (Toni Reischmann)

Martinu: Mirandolina, H 346 (Conte d’Albafiorita)

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Eurimaco)

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384 (Belmonte)

Mozart: Don Giovanni, K 527 (Don Ottavio)

Mozart: Idomeneo, K 366 (Idomeneo)

Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Mari)

Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (Trin)

Puccini: La Rondine (Prunier)

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte d’Almaviva)

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (Conte di Libenskof, Cavaliere Belfiore)

Rossini: Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo (Giove)

Rossini: Zelmira (Antenore)

Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell)

Thomas: Mignon (Wilhelm Meister)


Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 “Choral Fantasy”

Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Handel: Messiah, HWV 56

Haydn: Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass)

Haydn: Missa in tempore belli, H 22 no 9 “Paukenmesse”

Haydn: Te Deum in C major, H 23c no 1

Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K 626

Orff: Carmina Burana

Puccini: Messa di Gloria

Respighi: Lauda per la Natività del Signore

Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri, Op. 50

Tippett: A Child of Our Time



Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52

Brahms: Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 (Gypsy Songs)

Britten: Canticle II, Op. 51 “Abraham and Isaac”

Britten: Canticle III, Op. 55 “Still falls the Rain”Play

Britten: Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, Op. 22

Liszt: Tre sonetti di Petrarca, S 270

Menotti: Songs (5)

Messiaen: La mort du nombre

Vaughan Williams: Blake Songs (10) for Voice and Oboe

Vaughan Williams: Four Hymns