Joshua Baumgardner Tenor. Performer. Artist.
With a powerful voice that the Washington Post hailed as “sensational”, Joshua Baumgardner is quickly becoming one of America's most exciting young tenors. Performing a vast repertoire that spans opera, oratorio, song, straight-plays, and even television, Mr. Baumgardner is a versatile artist who delights and intrigues audiences every time he takes the stage.
Joshua has performed a variety of well-known operatic roles, such as Rodolfo, in Puccini’s La Boheme, Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Recently he appeared as the young tenor Tony Candolino, with Lyric Opera Virginia, in their production of Terrance McNally’s tony-winning play Masterclass. Other notable operatic roles are Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Camille de Rossilon in The Merry Widow. Joshua also enjoys exploring more obscure, contemporary works as well, such as Adam in Soluri’s Adam and Eve, The Celebrant in Mark Adamo’s Avow, and The Englishman in Jacques Ibert's Angelique. In 2010 Mr. Baumgardner made his European debut singing the role of Tamino from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany. A champion for both modern and American music, Joshua is proud to have worked with some of today’s greatest living composers, including Tom Cipullo, Bob Chilcott, and Carlisle Floyd.
Mr. Baumgardner also enjoys an active career as a concert soloist, appearing in such works as Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Carl Orff’s pivotal Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Lord Nelson Mass, as well as Mozart’s Davide Penitente, Requiem, and Coronation Mass. Joshua has also had the great privilege of joining the Cathedral Choral Society as the only non-Russian soloist in a performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers, for special guests, the ambassadors of Russia and Ukraine. Joshua has also enjoyed the honor of performing for former President Bill and Hillary Clinton.
In addition to singing, Joshua has recently delved deeper into acting, and can be seen in small roles on HBO's VEEP as well as Investigation Discovery's crime documentary, Evil Kin, in which he portrayed the character Grant Parisi. Joshua plans to continue exploring this new passion, as well as singing.
In 2013 Joshua was awarded second place in The Partners for the Arts inaugural vocal competition, and was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Mid-Atlantic region. Joshua is a past grand prize winner of the Hannah Beaulieu Vocal Competition.
In Summer 2014 Joshua attended Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, and is currently an emerging artist with the American Wagner Project.