The Minneapolis Star Tribune praised tenor Joshua Dennis’ performances, exclaiming, “he made his sincerity believable, and his voice, a robust tenor with baritonal heft, rose to the high climaxes with ringing, ardent bravado.” In the 2017/18 season, he returns to Minnesota Opera to debut the role of the Duke in Rigoletto and makes his debut with Utah Opera as Greenhorn in a new production of Heggie’s Moby Dick. He also makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen as Monsieur Vogelsang in The Impresario and joins the Las Vegas Philharmonic for Handel’s Messiah. Last season, he made his Seattle Opera debut as Alfredo in Peter Konwitschny’s acclaimed production of La traviata. He also made role and company debuts with Minnesota Opera as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and with Kentucky Opera as Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio. He joined the Houston Symphony as Jaquino in Fidelio and returned to Arizona Opera to create the role of Bern Venters in the world premiere of Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage, to Opera Idaho for his first performances of the title role in Werther, and the Santa Fe Symphony for further performances of Handel’s Messiah. He also sang in a special arrangement of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the XXI Festival Internacional de Piano en Blanco y Negro in Mexico City.
The tenor’s other recent roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute with Michigan Opera Theater, Alfredo in La traviata with Opera Columbus and Opera Idaho, Roy Dexter in the American premiere of Arizona Lady with Arizona Opera, the title role in Faust with Annapolis Opera, Jaquino in Fidelio with Santa Fe Opera, Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Ash Lawn Opera and Opera Naples, and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Eugene Opera. On the concert stage, he has joined the Santa Fe Symphony on numerous occasions for Handel’s Messiah and for a program of opera favorites, and he has sung Dubois’ Les sept paroles du Christ in Lufkin, Texas.
The tenor is a former Apprentice Artist of Santa Fe Opera, where he sang Serano in La donna del lago, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He was a district winner and finalist in the northeastern region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the National Association of Teachers of Singing Singer of the Year in 2011, winning first place in the graduate division in 2010.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, where his performances included Handel’s Messiah, and the roles of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Sam in Susannah.