Garsington Opera's 30th Anniversary season opened on 29 May 2019 with a new production of Smetana's The Bartered Bride, conducted by Jac van Steen and directed by Paul Curran, featuring Joshua Bloom as Kecal. Joshua has received excellent reviews for his performance:
The other big voice of the evening was bass Joshua Bloom as Kecal. It’s a huge voice in the middle and upper parts of the register, a voice with which Bloom stamped authority on proceedings: how can anyone imagine that things won’t turn out as Kecal plans? Bloom did a fine job of the rapid-fire patter numbers...
David Karlin, Bachtrack, 30 May 2019
Drawing on the wide resources of his resplendent bass, Joshua Bloom’s marriage-broker Kecal offers something flawed but human rather than the usual buffo stereotype.
George Hall, The Stage, 30 May 2019
In complete contrast, Joshua Bloom’s Kecal was a study in bombast and over-confidence, and sung in the beautifully burnished tone we recall from his Figaro.
Melanie Eskenazi, musicOMH, 31 May 2019
But the glory of the evening lies in four superb performances. Joshua Bloom sends up his self-important character as mayor Kecal with a voice like thunder.
The Independent, 31 May 2019
Joshua's previous roles for Garsington Opera include the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen, Don Fernando Fidelio and Leporello Don Giovanni. His forthcoming engagements include role debuts as Ghost/Gravedigger/Player 1 in Brett Dean's Hamlet (Oper Köln), Méphistophélès La damnation de Faust (CBSO) and Hunding Die Walküre.
Performances of The Bartered Bride continue at Garsington Opera until 30 June 2019, with a limited number of tickets available from the Garsington Opera website.
Photo credit: Clive Barda