American tenor Joseph Holmes has performed both operatically and as a concert soloist throughout the United States.
Joseph made his European debut in Tiranë, Albania as one of the Three American Tenors in a nationally televised concert at the Palace of Congresses.
Joseph made his Central City Opera debut as a member of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program in performances of Britten’s Paul Bunyan, Barber’s Vanessa, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Featured roles with the company have included Matt in Mollicone’s The Face on the Barroom Floor, Gleaton in Floyd’s Susannah, and the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River, which the Denver Post praised as a “stand-out, career defining performance.” He has also sung on Central City’s Teller House recital series, accompanied by Artistic Director Emeritus John Moriarty.
With Boston Lyric Opera, Joseph has performed in productions of Puccini’s La Boheme, Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, and has been a featured soloist in several BLO concert engagements. With the Cleveland Orchestra, he sang the role of Il Conte di Lerma in Verdi’s Don Carlos, with Simon Keenlyside and Samuel Ramey, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. With Opera Providence, he appeared as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Joseph has also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Boston Bel Canto Opera, Opera Boston, Commonwealth Opera, Cleveland Opera, and the Glens Falls Symphony, where he sang the role of Dante in the world premiere of Ezra Laderman’s Canto V with soprano Lisa Saffer and baritone Philip Lima.
Other roles have included Prince Charming in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Monostatos in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Jenik in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Alfredo in Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, and The Duck in Henry Mollicone’s Coyote Tales, which was conducted by the composer.
Joseph is a graduate of New England Conservatory and Oberlin Conservatory, and was a student of renowned voice teacher, Richard Miller. He is a recipient of the Handel and Haydn Society’s Barbara E. Maze Award, Central City Opera’s John Moriarty Award, and was a regional semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2010, he was inducted into the Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame.