Joshua Conyers, baritone
Baritone Joshua Conyers has been hailed by Opera News with “a deliciously honeyed baritone that would seduce anyone” and The New York Times as having “a sonorous baritone” that “wheedled and seduced.” Mr. Conyers, a native of Bronx, NY, is quickly being championed for his captivating performances as he continues to be recognized as one the promising young dramatic voices of today. Equally active in contemporary opera, Mr. Conyers performed the role of Jason in the world premiere of Matt Boehler’s 75 Miles for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, and covered the roles of Mr. Umeya in the American premiere of Huang Ruo's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen performed in Mandarin Chinese and Walt Whitman in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison's Oscar, both with the Santa Fe Opera.
Mr. Conyers is a returning member of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2019-2020 season. Joshua Conyers will sing the roles of First Priest in The Magic Flute, John Sorel in The Consul, as well as Jim and Jake (cover) in Porgy and Bess. During the 2018–2019 season he performed the roles of Giorgio Germont in La traviata, British Major in Silent Night, Donkey in The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin. Joshua performed Le Roi Marc in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé, a collaboration with Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera. In the summer of 2019, Mr. Conyers will be returning as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera performing Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: A Concert of Songs and Ramiro in Maurice Ravel’s L’heure espagnole with the National Orchestral Institute. Also, Mr. Conyers will be performing Musiklehrer in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. For the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Mr. Conyers fulfilled his residency as a Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera performing Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Marullo in Rigoletto, Sciarrone in Tosca, Captain in Candide, and covering the Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Mr. Conyers joined the Glimmerglass Festival in the summer of 2017 covering the roles of Porgy in Porgy and Bessand Eustachio in Donizetti's rarely performed L'assedio di Calais.
As a concert artist, Mr. Conyers made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 2018 as the Baritone Soloist performing Mozart’s Regina Cœli, K. 276, Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mark Hayes’ Te Deum under the baton of distinguished composer and arranger Mark Hayes with MidAmerica Productions. Also, Joshua made his debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2018 as the Baritone Soloist performing Maurice Duruflé Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions under the baton of conductor Anton Armstrong. In 2019, Mr. Conyers was a Soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra performing with world-renowned Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and singer-songwriter Ben Folds. Also, he was a Guest Artist at Opera Wilmington/UNC Wilmington annual Opera Symposium, in celebration of Caterina Jarboro, in conjunction with Black History Month as a Recitalist and presenting a Masterclass. Mr. Conyers opened the 2017-18 season in a gala performance with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Additional concert and oratorio credits include Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Handel's Messiah, Brahms' Deutsches Requiem, Gabriel Fauré Requiem in D minor, Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Mr. Conyers has fulfilled young artist residencies with Palm Beach Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, and the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance program. His numerous vocal competition and award credits include Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner (2010, 2011,2015, & 2019), Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Encouragement Award Winner, Catherine Filene Shouse Career Grant Award Winner, Annapolis Opera Top Prize Winner, Career Bridges Grant Award Winner, S. Livingston Mather Scholar Competition Top Prize Winner, the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition Top Prize Winner, and the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition Top Prize Winner.