"The vocal splendor of Joshua Bloom’s Leporello…"
"The real stage animal on this occasion was Joshua Bloom, dashing and larger than life, who sang a rip-roaring ‘I am a Pirate King’ and boomed through his dialogue."
"Rattle didn’t disappoint either, provoking passionate performances from his orchestra and excellent soloists: in particular… Joshua Bloom (Daedalus)."
Australian bass Joshua Bloom studied on the Young Artist Programme of Opera Australia, and later the Merola and Adler Fellowship Programmes at the San Francisco Opera. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include the title role of Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera and in Paris; Blansac La Scala di Seta for Scottish Opera; Humpty Dumpty, King of Hearts, Red Knight and Mock Turtle in Gerald Barry’s new work Alice’s Adventures Under Ground with the LA Philharmonic and the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Thomas Adès; and the Black-Party Minister in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with the LSO and the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
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Le Nozze di Figaro, Garsington Opera, cond. Douglas Boyd
Joshua Bloom’s Figaro is equally definitive; he’s just lovable enough, just daft enough, to make you sympathize with his character, and his singing is first rate – angrily blustering without losing the line in ‘Se vuol ballare’ and ‘Aprite un po’ quegli occhi’ and mellifluous in ensemble
Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH
I have never known a Figaro like Joshua Bloom’s – a gale-force character with a thunderous sound
Michael Church, The Independent
...a wonderfully controlled and methodically crafted Figaro, his huge vocal capacity never once overwhelming his musical intellect. When challenging the Count’s proprietorial assumptions, Bloom’s voice was indignantly resonant; but when, in Act 4, Figaro believed himself duped and betrayed, Figaro was endowed with a credible vulnerability, which tempered Bloom’s sturdy baritone. Bloom has presence, panache and vocal power: a winning triplet
Claire Seymour, Opera Today