Joshua Collier

Biography

Exciting young tenor Joshua Collier was hailed as “a great Italian tenor on the make” by Classical Scene in his June 2016 role debut as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, with Opera 51. Mr. Collier, hailed by Classical Voice of North Carolina for his “exceptionally pleasing tone, and excellent command of [his] high range” is a tenor equally comfortable with opera, operetta, musical theater, oratorio, and concert work. He relocated to Boston after four years of study with soprano Marilyn Taylor during his undergraduate career at the North Carolina School of the Arts (as the A. J. Fletcher Opera Scholar), where he performed with Piedmont Opera, the Wilmington, Winston­-Salem, and Greensboro Symphonies. He has since earned a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory, under the tutelage of tenor Bradley Williams. At NEC, he has had the privilege to work with Maestros Stephen Lord (Britten’s Paul Bunyan, d. James Robinson) Joel Revzen (Offenbach’s La Périchole), and Joseph Flummerfeldt (Mozart’s Coronation Mass) as well as a solo recital performance with John Moriarty, and has become one of the most sought-after tenors in the Boston area for both new music and standard repertoire.

2015 brought Joshua three role debuts: first, as Tony in Bernstein’s West Side Story with Asheville Lyric Opera, under the direction of JJ Hudson, and the baton of Maestro Scott Schoonover; second, he covered the role of the notorious stranger Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot, with the Opera Company of Middlebury, directed by Douglas Anderson and conducted by Emmanuel Plasson. In July, Mr. Collier performed his first Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, with Piccola Opera in Concord, New Hampshire.

Joshua’s oratorio repertoire includes such works as Mozart’s Requiem; Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9; Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn, Rejoice in the Lamb, and Abraham and Isaac; and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Various Il Straniero Il Pesceballo Harvard Music Association 2017
Donizetti Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor Opera Susquehanna 2017
Verdi Macduff Macbeth Raylynmor Opera 2016
Gounod Roméo Roméo et Juliette Opera 51 2016
Mozart Ferrando Così fan tutte Opera Wilmington 2016
Bernstein Tony West Side Story Asheville Lyric Opera 2015
Puccini Calaf (cover) Turandot Opera Company of Middlebury 2015
Mozart Tamino The Magic Flute Piccola Opera 2015
Léhar Camille The Merry Widow Opera Wilmington 2014
Verdi Alfredo Germont La traviata FOPAC 2014
Britten Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia Opera Brittenica 2013
Gilbert & Sullivan Frederic The Pirates of Penzance Opera Providence 2013
Delibes Gérald Lakmé Lowell House Opera 2013
Donizetti Nemorino L’Elisir d’amore Opera Providence 2013
Britten Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lowell House Opera 2012
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work
Adamo Laurie Little Women
Bellini Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Bernstein Candide Candide
Bizet Dr. Miracle Dr. Miracle
Bizet Nadir Les pêcheurs de perles
Britten Albert Herring Albert Herring
Britten Prologue/Quint The Turn of the Screw
Donizetti Ernesto Don Pasquale
Floyd Sam Susannah
Gilbert & Sullivan Marco The Gondoliers
Gilbert & Sullivan Ralph Rackstraw HMS Pinafore
Gilbert & Sullivan Nanki-Poo The Mikado
Gilbert & Sullivan Alexis The Sorcerer
Guettel Fabrizio Nacarelli The Light in the Piazza
Léhar Prince Sou-Chong Das Land des Lächelns
Leoncavallo Beppe I Pagliacci
Nicolai Fenton Die lustigen Weibern von Windsor
Offenbach Panatellas La Périchole
Puccini Rodolfo La bohème
Puccini Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi
Puccini Pang, Pong Turandot
Schmidt Matt/The Boy The Fantasticks
Schwartz Adam Children of Eden
R. Strauss Italian Singer Der Rosenkavalier
Stravinsky Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress
Tchaikovsky Lenski Eugene Onegin
Verdi Fenton Falstaff
Verdi Malcolm Macbeth
Verdi Cassio Otello
Weill Sam Street Scene
Wright Caliph Kismet
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach Magnificat
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Berlioz L’enfance du Christ
Berlioz Requiem
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Britten Abraham and Isaac
Britten The Burning Fiery Furnace
Britten Les Illuminations
Britten Rejoice in the Lamb
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
Britten War Requiem
Bruckner Te Deum
Dubois The Seven Last Words of Christ
Handel Jephtha
Handel The Messiah
Haydn The Creation
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mendelssohn Lobegesang
Mendelssohn Paulus
Mozart Coronation Mass
Mozart Davide Penitente
Mozart Requiem
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio
Schubert Mass in G
Verdi Requiem

Media

In The Press

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE – Opera 51

“But to bury the lead (sic), Joshua Collier’s Roméo stopped the show from his first utterance. We did not have to wait until an interpolated high C in “Ah, jour de deuil”—held for 8 bars until the cows came home and the chorus came in — to recognize a great Italian tenor on the make; he even deployed a credible sob. His total investment in the character recalled the unstoppable Franco Corelli… We relished his conversational French and he even looks like a tenor! Go hear the show tonight or tomorrow for Collier and the costumes.” – Classical Scene

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE – Opera Providence

“Joshua excels in this role. His strong tenor voice soars especially in “Oh, Is there not one Maiden Breast?” when he first meets the daughters and in the two duets with Julianne, “All is Prepared” and “Stay, Frederic, Stay”. Joshua sings in over 17 numbers and acts as well as he sings with his comic reactions to the other characters as well as his loving expressions to Mabel and her sisters.” – The Theatre Mirror

CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Opera Brittenica

“Joshua Collier offered a reverent “I wonder as I wander.”… Collier’s tenor was soft and delicate for the outer verses. He opened up for the central one, his voice as commanding as a country preacher’s Sunday sermon.” – Boston Classical Review

TURANDOT – Opera Company of Middlebury

“Turandot covers aren’t second string” – Addison Independent

LAKMÉ – Lowell House Opera

“Joshua Collier sang the role of the British soldier Gerald, who wins Lakme’s affection, but is then torn between love and duty. There was something very natural about Collier’s bright tenor and on stage he was always neck­deep in the passion of the moment. This passionate portrayal made his scenes visually engaging…” – Boston Examiner.com

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Lowell House Opera

“The Principal sets of lovers were all pleasurable to hear and see. Collier, a tenor, had fine tone, good projection, and superior diction…” – Boston Musical Intelligencer

THE LITTLE BLUE ONE (world premiere) – Juventas New Music ­

“Gennaro (Joshua Collier, tenor), dramatically subtle, vocally powerful and accurate…” – Boston Musical Intelligencer

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD – Playmakers Repertory Theater

“Joshua Collier was thoroughly hissable as the show’s villain, John Jasper, sneering and grimacing his way to success. Indeed, it was very hard to believe that Collier was such a young performer, because his acting skills were on par with those of a seasoned professional” – Triangle Arts and Entertainment

HMS PINAFORE – White Iris Light Opera

“Standing out among the cast was the excellent tenor Joshua Collier as Ralph, the romantic lead, with a pleasing tone and excellent command of his high range as well as convincingly sincere delivery of Gilbert’s high­flown oratory.” – Classical Voice North Carolina

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