Grammy-nominated baritone Joshua Conyers has been singled out by Opera News for his “deliciously honeyed baritone that would seduce anyone,” by The New York Times as having “a sonorous baritone” that “wheedled and seduced,” and by The Washington Post for giving a "show-stealing" performance. A native of The Bronx, NY, he is known for his captivating performances and recognized as one the promising young dramatic voices of today.
Conyers’ busy 2023-24 season includes performing and covering Reginald in X: The Life and Times of Malcolm Xin productions with Seattle Opera and the Metropolitan Opera respectively, Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and Iago in Otello with Vashon Opera.
Recent seasons have included his début with English National Opera as Policeman/Congregant 3 in Tesori and Thompson’s Blue and Reginald in Anthony and Thulani Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X at Opera Omaha, which he has also performed with Detroit Opera and Odyssey Opera (where he also recorded the role). On the concert platform, Mr. Conyers appeared as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and returned to Brooklyn Art Song Society for a series of concerts. [read more...]
"... The seasoned baritone of Joshua Conyers…” – Opera News
X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X – “The seasoned baritone of Joshua Conyers suggests the spiritual nature of Reginald, the inmate who leads Malcolm toward Islam.”
"... power and beauty left one gobsmacked…” – Seen and Heard International
Songs of Travel – “Baritone Joshua Conyers… power and beauty left one gobsmacked. Conyers’s artistry shows through in his elegant phrasings, subtle dynamic variations and, especially, the judicious use of his beautiful head voice. Conyers’ narrative gifts were best displayed in ‘Whither must I wander’, while ‘Bright is the ring of words’ rang out like the tolling of a bell, which ended quietly as he sang tenderly of a lover and his maid remembering the songs of yore, which the wanderer had sung.”
"... The largest and most splendid voice..." – Washington Classical Review
The Blacksmith – “The largest and most splendid voice came from baritone Joshua Conyers, also familiar from both WNO and Wolf Trap Opera, as the preacher Eustis."
"... Conyers’s investment in the text was manifest..." – Opera News
Concert for Unity – “Over the course of the afternoon, baritone Joshua Conyers offered The Count’s Act III aria and recitative from Le Nozze di Figaro, “Hai già vinta la causa … Vedrò mentr’io sospiro” as well as Enrico Ashton’s Act I aria, “Cruda, funesta smania,” from Lucia di Lammermoor. Equally at home with the dynamism of both Mozart and Donizetti, Conyers’s investment in the text was manifest, yet his lofty vocalism avoided coarseness or over-emphasis. Conyers shone brightest in the spirituals “Ride on, King Jesus” and “Witness.””
"... Conyers’s robust baritone..." – Opera News
Threepenny Opera – “The imposing Joshua Conyers sang the role of Tiger Brown, the impotent chief of police who couldn’t seem to keep Macheath locked up. Conyers’s robust baritone was amiable, as exemplified by his performance of “Cannon Song.””