From: Madison, Wisconsin.
In the 2023/24 season, Joshua Sanders will join the Lyric Opera of Chicago, covering the role of Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola. He began the season making his debut with Opera San José as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. He will return there as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and also debut with Nashville Opera as Tamino in The Magic Flute.
In the 2022/23 season, he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for Robert Carsen’s production of Der Rosenkavalier and Palm Beach Opera as a Benenson Young Artist, singing the role of Goro in Madama Butterfly and covering Ferrando in Così fan tutte.
Mr. Sanders made his international debut in 2017 at Teatro Regio Torino as the Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. During his year-long tenure at Teatro Regio, he sang roles in Turandot (Prince of Persia), Salome (Second Nazarene), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Echo/Second Spirit), The Marriage of Figaro (Don Curzio), and Verdi’s I Lombardi alla prima crociata (Prior of Milan), which was recorded for Naxos. In that same season, he also debuted at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Un ballo in maschera (Judge) conducted by Donald Runnicles.
In concert, Mr. Sanders made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2019 as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. He has appeared as a guest soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as the titular character in Berlioz’s Lélio and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Lee Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom Exhibit, featuring the music of Schubert. He has also performed at the Public Theater in a cabaret curated by Justin Vivian Bond for New York State’s NY PopsUp concert series. Additional concert credits include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John Passion and Vaughan Williams’ Pilgrim’s Journey.
Past seasons include performances with Heartbeat Opera in Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), Berkshire Opera Festival in Rigoletto (Borsa), Madison Opera in Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg), and a concert version of Frank Martin’s rarely heard Le Vin Herbé, co-produced by Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera. Mr. Sanders trained at Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist, where he performed in The Marriage of Figaro (Don Curzio) and The Ghosts of Versailles (Wilhelm). As a Young Artist at Bel Canto at Caramoor, he performed in Manuel Garcia’s Un avvertimento ai gelosi (the Count) and covered Gualtiero in Bellini’s Il Pirata.
A highly awarded artist, Mr. Sanders was a finalist in the 2023 Belvedere Competition and was awarded a study grant from the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition in 2021, after being named a national semifinalist in 2020. He was the winner of the prestigious Amber Capital Scholarship from the Opera Foundation in 2017, the Sachi Liebersgesell award from Opera Index in 2019, and the 2017 Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition. He also won second prize in the 2019 Opera at Florham Violetta DuPont Competition and third prize in the 2018 Grand Stage International Song and Lieder Competition. Mr. Sanders holds a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.