AZO Cast Members & Creatives
The Minneapolis Star Tribune praises tenor Joshua Dennis’ performances, exclaiming, “he made his sincerity believable, and his voice, a robust tenor with baritonal heft, rose to the high climaxes with ringing, ardent bravado.”
This season he makes his company debut as Alfredo in Konwitschny’s acclaimed production of La Traviata with Seattle Opera. He also makes role and company debuts with Minnesota Opera as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and Kentucky Opera as Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio. He joins the Houston Symphony as Jaquino in Fidelio and returns to Arizona Opera to create the role of Bern Venters in the world premiere of Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage, Opera Idaho for his first performances of the title role of Werther, and the Santa Fe Symphony for further performances of Handel’s Messiah.
Last season, he sang Tamino in The Magic Flure with Michigan Opera Theater, Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera Columbus and Opera Idaho, Roy Dexter in the American premiere of Arizona Lady with Arizona Opera, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Ash Lawn Opera. Additionally, he joined Dallas Opera for its production of Heggie’s Great Scott and the Santa Fe Symphony for Handel’s Messiah.
Mr. Dennis recently returned to the Santa Fe Opera as Jacquino in Fidelio as well as for its production of Rigoletto. Previously as an Apprentice Artist with the company, he sang Serano in La donna de lago, scenes of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Ruggiero in La rondine in addition to joining the company for its productions of Arabella, La Traviata, and the world premiere of Morrison’s Oscar. He also recently sang Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Opera Naples, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with Eugene Opera, a concert of opera favorites with the Santa Fe Symphony, and Dubois’ Les sept paroles du Christ at Lufkin Presbyterian Church (Texas).
The tenor is also a previous Apprentice Artist of Des Moines Metro Opera. He was a district winner and finalist in the northeastern region of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the National Association of Teachers of Singing Singer of the Year in 2011 and first place winner of the graduate division in 2010.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University, at which his performances included Handel’s Messiah, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Sam in Susannah.