Joshua is happy to be able to announce some of the details of his 2018/19 season. This includes a collaboration with director and playwright Enda Walsh on his first Bluebeard’s Castle, for Irish National Opera. He will also premiere a new piece by Richard Ayres No. 50 The Garden, a work for solo bass voice, orchestra and electronics, inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and Dante’s Divine Comedy, with the Asko Schönberg ensemble, and the London Sinfonietta at various venues across Europe. He is also looking forward to returning to the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni, in Kirsten McIntyre’s production, in a house debut with Palm Beach Opera. More 2018/19 season updates will be posted here once they’re announced!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at English National Opera
Carsen’s timeless production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, has opened a English National Opera to outstanding reviews all-round.
Straight from his acclaimed role debut in Israel, Joshua’s Bottom has been reviewed in this production as ‘winning’ (The Telegraph) ‘splendidly sung’ (The Independent) and ‘Armed with a physically relaxed presence and a rich, beautifully produced bass, Joshua Bloom pulls off the considerable trick of tastefully playing a character who has no taste. It’s easy to go for broke as Bottom but Bloom stays truthful while maximising laughs.’ (The Arts Desk).
The show runs until March 15. Visit the ENO website for more details.
Joshua’s First Bottom
Joshua makes his highly anticipated role debut as Bottom, in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a new production by Ido Ricklin, conducted by Daniel Cohen, for The Israeli Opera. The premiere will be on January 4, 2018, with further shows on January 6, 8, 11 and 13.
For more information, visit The Israeli Opera website.
Colline with Opera Colorado
Joshua’s house debut for Opera Colorado; a return to the role of Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème, conducted by Ari Pelto, was highly praised:
“Bass Joshua Bloom is a revelation as the philosopher Colline. Possessed of a powerful voice that resonates throughout the Ellie, Bloom is a strong presence whenever he is on stage.”
The Denver Post
Outstanding Reviews for Figaro
Joshua’s return to Garsington Opera this summer has been met with excellent reviews. Bloom sang the title role in John Cox’s production of Le nozze di Figaro. Critics have praised him for his performance:
“[Bloom] would have graced any production in the world. [His] Figaro was the vocal star of the evening, delivering his arias with a dark with a dark virile bass sound, immaculate diction and pugilistic rhythmic attack.”
Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine
“I have never known a Figaro like Joshua Bloom’s – a gale-force character with a thunderous sound” – Michael Church, The Independent (FIVE STARS)
Joshua is thrilled to be able to share the details of his 2017/18 season. It includes three house debuts, at Oper Köln, Opera Colorado and Israeli Opera and three role debuts, as Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faraone in Rossini’s virtuosic opera seria Mosè in Egitto and Kaspar in Weber’s Der Freischütz. He will be returning to English National Opera, as Bottom in Robert Carsen’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, collaborating again with Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès for performances of Barry’s rarely heard The Conquest of Ireland with the Britten Sinfonia and returning to the role of Colline, in Puccini’s La Bohème. For full details, please visit his performance calendar.
Le Grand Macabre with the Berlin Philharmonic
Joshua’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, is now up on the orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall and you can watch it here. The performances were conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, with a prescient staging by Peter Sellars.
You can find details of other audio and visual recordings on Joshua’s media page, including a liver performance of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventure’s Underground live from the Barbican, and upcoming releases with LSO Live, and Sir Simon Rattle.