Joshua Stewart


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American tenor, Joshua Stewart, begins Season 2019-20 as tenor soloist in Tippett’s A Child of our Time with CBSO under the baton of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla on tour in the UK and in Germany, following performances last season in Paris. He travels to the US to appear with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Das Paradies und die Peri under the baton of Paolo Bortolameolli, and remains to revive the title role Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, an American opera based on the life of the legendary jazz saxophonist, at both Seattle Opera and New Orleans Opera.

Last season’s highlights include the roles of Zinovy Lady Macbeth of Mstensk and Lazarus in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Wake, both at Birmingham Opera Company directed by Graham Vick; Antenore Zelmira and Giove Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo at Rossini in Wildbad. Concert appearances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with CBSO under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle; his debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic as Narrator Das Paradies und die Peri in staged performances under the directional team of Gustavo Dudamel and Peter Sellars.

Past successes include Trin La Fanciulla del West at Hamburg State Opera; Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Opera de Lausanne and Opera de Fribourg; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at Toledo Opera; Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Carolina and at Toledo Opera; Abdallo Nabucco at Oberammergau Passionstheater. Enjoying a long collaboration with Peter Sellars, the artist also sang the role of The Shepherd Oedipus Rex in performances staged by the director under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen at Kungliga Opera for the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, at Festival Aix en Provence, and in London at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, Arizona Opera

November 2018

Singing in fluent bel canto as well as jazz styles, Stewart’s Parker was an ardent lover who reserved his greatest passion for music.

Opera Wire, Maria Nockin, 12 November 2018

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, Madison Opera

February 2017

Tenor Joshua Stewart, who plays Parker, is a captivating actor. His warm voice has some reediness in the middle range...his aria, “My Horn,” an ode to his saxophone, rings out clear as crystal.

Isthmus, Sandy Tabachnick, 12 February 2017

The role of Parker is brought to life by Joshua Stewart, who was the understudy for the world premiere production of “Yardbird.” He possesses a wonderfully lithe and attractive tenor instrument...Stewart’s interactions with the various key characters in his Parker’s life were always compelling, and he held the stage for nearly the entire 100 minutes of the work, presented without intermission.

Madison Magazine, Greg Hettmansberger, 11 February 2017

Oedipus rex, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

July 2016

Sir Willard White and Joshua Stewart were strong both vocally and on stage.

Amfion, Paul, 15 July 2016

Joshua Stewart completed the Oedipus rex cast as a fresh-voiced Shepherd.

Seen and Heard International, Jim Pritchard, 1 October 2016

Don Giovanni, Toledo Opera

February 2016

Joshua Stewart, the lone tenor in this cast of deep male and high female voices, also made his debut something to remember. As Don Ottavio, engaged to the fickle Donna Anna, he conveyed sincere tenderness and support with his shapely, warm voice.

The Blade, Sally Vallongo, 16 February 2016

Joshua Stewart's Opera Repertoire


Postcard from Morocco (Lyric Tenor)


Antony and Cleopatra, Op. 40 (Caesar)


Wake (Lazarus)


I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Tebaldo)


Wozzeck, Op. 7 (Hauptmann)


Trouble in Tahiti {Tenor (Jazz Trio)


Albert Herring, Op. 39 (Mr. Upfold)


L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino)


Ainadamar (Ruiz Alonso)


Elegy for Young Lovers (Toni Reischmann)


Mirandolina, H 346 (Conte d'Albafiorita)


Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Eurimaco)


Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384 (Belmonte)

Don Giovanni, K 527 (Don Ottavio)

Idomeneo, K 366 (Idomeneo)


Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Mari)


La Fanciulla del West (Trin)

La Rondine (Prunier)


Il barbiere di Siviglia (Conte d'Almaviva)

Il viaggio a Reims (Conte di Libenskof, Cavaliere Belfiore)

Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo (Giove)

Zelmira (Antenore)


The Rake's Progress (Tom Rakewell)


Mignon (Wilhelm Meister)

Joshua Stewart's Concert Repertoire


Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy"

Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125


Messiah, HWV 56


Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass)

Missa in tempore belli, H 22 no 9 "Paukenmesse"

Te Deum in C major, H 23c no 1


Requiem in D minor, K 626


Carmina Burana


Messa di Gloria


Lauda per la Natività del Signore


Das Paradies und die Peri, Op. 50


A Child of Our Time

Joshua Stewart Recital Repertoire


Liebeslieder Waltzes (18), Op. 52

Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 (Gypsy Songs)


Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac"

Canticle III, Op. 55 "Still falls the Rain"Play

Sonnets (7) of Michelangelo, Op. 22


Tre sonetti di Petrarca, S 270


Songs (5)


La mort du nombre


Blake Songs (10) for Voice and Oboe

Four Hymns

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