Joshua Dennis

Joshua Dennis

Known for his “voluptuous elegant tone,” and a “robust tenor with baritonal heft,” American lyric tenor Joshua Dennis is a star on the rise. Mr. Dennis, a champion of new works, had the honor of originating two roles: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in Minnesota Opera’s world premiere production of The Fix, and Prince Frederic in Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child with the Santa Fe Opera. Additionally, he was heard in Huang Rou’s Paradise Interrupted at the MGM Grand in Macau, and was the host of Santa Fe Opera’s virtual event Songs from the Santa Fe Opera. Additionally, he performed as Leonard in the world premiere of Nadia Boulanger’s La ville morte with Catapult Opera. 

In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Dennis created two roles: Marc in the world premiere of Huang Ruo and David Henry Huang’s M. Butterfly with the Santa Fe Opera, and Dean Clarkson in the world premiere of Stinney: An American Execution with Opera Grand Rapids. He also made his role debut as Don José in Carmen with Opera Idaho, performed as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Opera San Antonio, and performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Oregon Symphony.  This season’s engagements include the Duke of Mantua in Opera Colorado’s Rigoletto, and as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony.

 

Calendar

Event Date
Jul 30
to
Aug 24
M. Butterfly
Marc
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe, NM
Event Date
Nov 5
to
Nov 13
Rigoletto
The Duke
Opera Colorado
Englewood, CO
Nov 19
Handel's Messiah
Soloist
Santa Fe Symphony
Santa Fe, NM

Artist Bio

Known for his “voluptuous elegant tone,” and a “robust tenor with baritonal heft,” American lyric tenor Joshua Dennis is a star on the rise. Mr. Dennis, a champion of new works, had the honor of originating two roles: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in Minnesota Opera’s world premiere production of The Fix, and Prince Frederic in Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child with the Santa Fe Opera. Additionally, he was heard in Huang Rou’s Paradise Interrupted at the MGM Grand in Macau, and was the host of Santa Fe Opera’s virtual event Songs from the Santa Fe Opera. Additionally, he performed as Leonard in the world premiere of Nadia Boulanger’s La ville morte with Catapult Opera. 

In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Dennis created two roles: Marc in the world premiere of Huang Ruo and David Henry Huang’s M. Butterfly with the Santa Fe Opera, and Dean Clarkson in the world premiere of Stinney: An American Execution with Opera Grand Rapids. He also made his role debut as Don José in Carmen with Opera Idaho, performed as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Opera San Antonio, and performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Oregon Symphony.  This season’s engagements include the Duke of Mantua in Opera Colorado’s Rigoletto, and as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony.

Previously, Mr. Dennis was heard as Theodore Billings in Arizona Opera’s filmed production of the world premiere of Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos’s production, The Copper Queen, released in autumn 2021. He also appeared with Arizona Opera reprising the role of Bern Venters in the world premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage. Additional highlights of recent seasons include performances of Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Minnesota Opera and Utah Opera, where he was also heard as Greenhorn in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick; Alfredo in La traviata with Seattle Opera, Opera Columbus, and Opera Idaho, where he also performed the title role of Werther; the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Minnesota Opera and Dayton Opera; Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Santa Fe Opera and the Houston Symphony; and title role of Faust with Opera San Antonio and Annapolis Opera. Additional performances include Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Charlottesville Opera and Opera Naples and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Kentucky Opera and New Orleans Opera.

On the concert stage, Joshua Dennis has performed as soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Phoenix Symphony, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde as the first tenor soloist to sing at the XXI Festival International de Piano en Blanco & Negro in Mexico. Additionally, he was a soloist in Dubois’ Les sept paroles du Christ and performed the role of Tony in Opera Idaho’s concert version of West Side Story.

Mr. Dennis has held apprenticeships with Des Moines Metro Opera and Santa Fe Opera, where for two consecutive summers he performed the role of Serrano in La donna del lago and covered the roles of Elemer in Arabella, Alfredo in La traviata, and Frank Harris in the world premiere of Oscar. In 2018, Mr. Dennis was the only tenor to represent the USA in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Astana, Kazakhstan. Additionally, he was a finalist of the Metropolitan Opera Competition at the regional level.

Mr. Dennis earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. While in attendance, he sang the roles of Alfredo in La traviata, Sam in Susannah, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.

Updated August 28, 2022

Video

The Copper Queen

“La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto

“Ah! leve toi soleil” from Romeo et Juliette

Press

"...voluptuous, elegant tone ..." – Opera News

Die Zauberflöte – “Dennis sang with voluptuous, elegant tone in the tradition of Fritz Wunderlich, negotiating Tamino’s occasionally perilous tessitura without any loss of warmth or grace.”

"...finest singing of the evening ..." – Star Tribune

Rigoletto – “The finest singing of the evening was that of the American tenor Joshua Dennis, who brought a ripe, supple tonal quality and a sappy brio to “Questa o quella” and the famous ‘La donna è mobile…’”

"...singing ardently in the soaringly lyrical music ..." – Star Tribune

The Fix – “Tenor Joshua Dennis looked the part as the conflicted slugger, singing ardently in the soaringly lyrical music Puckett gave him for moments of introspection.”

"...singing with a tender, dulcet tenor with an apt touch of steel..." – Opera News

La Fanciulla del West – “Another stand out moment is the duet for Julia and Theodore—the john-turned-lover who regretfully leaves Julia for his pregnant wife—which resembles the famous, extended Act II duet from Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West in its sweeping melodies and emotional and dramatic range. As Theodore, Joshua Dennis matches Becerra’s vocal commitment, singing with a tender, dulcet tenor with an apt touch of steel.”

"...the finest singing of the evening... ripe, supple tone..." – Star Tribune

Rigoletto – “The finest singing of the evening was that of the American tenor Joshua Dennis, who brought a ripe, supple tonal quality and sappy brio to ‘Questo o quella’ and the famous ‘La donna è mobile…“

"...ideal...voluptuous, elegant tone..." – Opera News

Die Zauberflöte – “Joshua Dennis, in his first Tamino, was ideal. Dennis sang with voluptuous, elegant tone in the tradition of Fritz Wunderlich, negotiating Tamino’s occasionally perilous tessitura without any loss of warmth or grace.”