Australian/American Bass Joshua Bloom’s return to Garsington Opera this summer has been met with excellent reviews. Bloom is currently singing the title role in John Cox's production of Le nozze di Figaro. Critics have praised Bloom for his performance:
“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
Bloom made his Garsington Opera debut in 2009 as Alidoro La Cenerentola and has since performed as Leporello Don Giovanni, Don Fernando Fidelio and Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen for the company.
His upcoming engagements elsewhere include Colline La bohème (Opera Colorado), Bottom A Midsummer Night's Dream (Israeli Opera and English National Opera), Faraone Mosé in Egitto (Oper Köln) and Kaspar Der Freischütz (Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Japan).
Garsington Opera's Le nozze di Figaro runs until 16 July 2017.