Vocalist - Tenor
Austin Opera's Silent Night

"With his powerful tenor and command of facial expressions, Dennis communicates war's degradation of the creative soul. On opening night, when he took those defiant first steps into No Man's Land, setting off the chain reaction that results in the show's dramatic peak, the audience went breathless and I felt my heart in my throat."

Trey Gutierrez, The Austin Chronicle
Lucia di Lammermoor - Virginia Opera

"Virginia Opera's respectable production of Lucia di Lammermoor might better have been titled Edgardo di Ravenswood. That character emerged as the dominant vocal force on April 8 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, thanks to Joseph Dennis, who brought to the role considerable tonal warmth, seemingly effortless power and abundant technical refinement. All that expressive vibrancy ensured that the finale was anything but anticlimactic..."

Tim Smith, Opera News
Dark, dramatic 'Lucia' a fitting Opera finale

"Cast as her lover was tenor-actor Joseph Dennis, who also regaled us with a solid, pitch-perfect voice and ability to project that made him a super match for Lucia."

John Shulson, The Virginia Gazette
Lucia Di Lammermoor delivers vocal performance of the season at Virginia Opera

"Joseph Dennis as Edgardo, Lucia’s true love, stands out for his energy and emotional palette, ranging believably from tender to fierce to enraged, then later utterly broken and dismayed. The harrowing power and impressive lyrical precision of his vocals provide a climactic moment."

Andy Garrigue, Richmond Times-Dispatch
N.C. Opera's Rigoletto Balances All the Elements for a Highly Satisfying Success

"Joseph Dennis' youthful, handsome Duke of Mantua made it easy to believe in Gilda's attraction to him. His clear, bright tenor rang out impressively in the Duke's big moments, his technique solid and confidently applied. The opera's hit tune, 'La donna è mobile,' held no terrors for Dennis, performed not as a showy circus trick but with casual cockiness, in character."

Roy C. Dicks, Classical Voice North Carolina
Seattle Opera’s Stark American Tragedy

"[Katya is] ably partnered by Joseph Dennis as Boris, whose tenor carries beautifully even from offstage ..."

Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly
A searing ‘Katya Kabanova’ on the Seattle Opera stage

"Joseph Dennis sang with lyrical refinement ..."

Thomas May, Seattle Times
Die Zauberflote - Vienna State Opera

"Joseph Dennis was just as convincing in his role debut as the virtue-seeking prince. The pronunciation of the young American tenor was outstanding."

Daniel Wagner, Wiener Zeitung
'Die Zauberflöte' with jubilation for new Papageno

"Joseph Dennis gave a more than remarkable talent as Tamino, with a melodic, high-pitched lyrical tenor. The young American, ensemble member since 2015, is a promise for the future!"

Karl Masek, Der Neue Merker
Des Moines’ Elusive Manon

"As her lover Des Grieux, Joseph Dennis has the right sized tenor and he sings extraordinarily beautifully ..."

James Sohre, Opera Today
Manon – Des Moines Metro Opera

"The des Grieux of Joseph Dennis was so ardent that the opera might have been named after him. His tenor is gaining an appealing baritonal overlay as he matures, yet he ably finessed a delicately floated head voice for 'En fermant les yeux.' His 'Ah! Fuyez douce image' was excellent."

Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News
'Manon' features high glamour, fine singing

"Manon’s only true love, the forever-smitten Chevalier Des Grieux, was suavely sung by tenor Joseph Dennis, who debuted here last year in Janacek’s Jenufa."

Bruce Carr, Des Moines Register
Jenůfa – Des Moines Metro Opera

“Joseph Dennis ... revealed a lyric voice of exceptional beauty as Števa.”

Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News
Jenůfa Packs a Wallop at DMMO

“As the feckless Števa Buryja, Joseph Dennis brought such a fresh, gleaming tenor to the part that it almost belied his status as the town wastrel. But Mr. Dennis, boyish and gangly in his brush cut, suggested the philandering ne’er-do-well with ease all the while exuding a naughty charm that made the plot believable. In the great Act Two scene where the weakling rejects Jenůfa for good, it is to his great credit (and affecting singing) that we at once despise him and pity him.”

James Sohre, Opera Today
‘Paradise Interrupted’ a visual and aural display

“[Soloists, including] tenor Joseph Dennis ... embodied the natural elements, invoking wind and light and garden growth with their voices. They were all superb, singing lyrically in Mandarin, sometimes in a polyphonic way, sometimes chant-like, showing off Huang Ruo’s imaginative harmonies and textures.”

Adam Parker, Post and Courier
National Council Auditions Winners Named at Grand Finals Concert

“[Winner] tenor Joseph Dennis … sang with expressive elegance in ‘Salut, demeure chaste et pure’ from Gounod’s ‘Faust.’”

Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
'Il Turco in Italia,' a Rossini Romp by Juilliard

“The cast is delightful.... The lyric tenor Joseph Dennis is charming as Fiorilla’s current sideline lover, Narciso.”

Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
DR. SUN YAT-SEN - Santa Fe Opera

“Joseph Dennis, a Santa Fe apprentice, bravely stood in as Sun Yat-sen for the originally announced Warren Mok, who withdrew from the production during rehearsals. Dennis’ Sun Yat-sen was a figure of charismatic calmness.”

Simon Williams, Opera News
Even a curmudgeon is charmed by Santa Fe

“Joseph Dennis was a huge success in the leading role as Dr. Sun Yat-sen.”

Dorothy Klopf, Santa Fe New Mexican
Santa Fe Opera's 'Dr. Sun Yat-sen": Difficult to parse

“Joseph Dennis (Dr. Sun) [made] a particularly strong contribution. Under any circumstances, a big hat tip is in order for Mr. Dennis. Sure, an understudy is supposed to know his or her part thoroughly, just in case. But preparation for this particular role, even as an understudy, was considerably above the norm, as it also called for learning an entirely unfamiliar vocal style to be sung in a language that bears little if any resemblance to Western tone and inflection. And this role is a substantial one. Every understudy, of course, always dreams of that magic moment that can make an entire career. But this particular magic moment was more challenging than most, and Mr. Dennis is to be highly commended for a fine vocal effort in his difficult role and also for looking the part and coming across as strong, stable and dignified in the midst of revolutionary chaos.”

Terry Ponick, Communities Digital News
East Meets West

"At Santa Fe Opera, the American premiere of Huang Ruo's Dr. Sun Yat-sen, which effectively blends Western and Eastern music, feels like a major new work."

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones
Multiple languages enhance SF Opera's 'Dr. Sun' performance

“Second-year SFO apprentice tenor Joseph Dennis, who sings the title role, is to be commended for stepping in at the last minute.... Possessing a burnished quality to his voice … Dennis performed convincingly.”

Mary Helen Klare, Albuquerque Journal
Dr. Sun Yat-sen - Santa Fe Opera

“Originally an understudy for the title role, apprentice Joseph Dennis stepped in with only a couple weeks’ notice.... He authoritatively rises to the enormous challenge, with a pleasantly sinewy tenor.”

Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
Santa Fe Opera upsets Mozart, and Chinese history, to keep things fresh

“Joseph Dennis, a second-year apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, stepped in and brought ample stature to the part.”

Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post
A Brilliant Sun

“Joseph Dennis, a lanky Texan and second-year apprentice artist, assumes the title role to fine effect. He’s fearless in some stratospheric passages, has the requisite warmth for his intimate duets with Ching-ling and possesses enough charisma to be a convincing Dr. Sun.”

John Stege, Santa Fe Reporter
East meets West in 'Dr. Sun Yat-sen'

"Tenor Joseph Dennis, a second-year apprentice, ramped up his understudy preparation at short notice and gave a laudable performance in the title role. His voice is sweet and eminently appealing..."

James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican
'Dr. Sun Yat-sen' in the American Premiere at Santa Fe Opera

“For the American tenor Joseph Dennis, the understudy promoted to leading man at less than two weeks’ notice, it was a trial by fire, which he passed admirably.... Frequent high passages revealed a sweet and gleaming tenor of unforced beauty.”

Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Triumphs in American Premiere

“Dennis made of this breakthrough opportunity a vocal triumph.... With a silvery bright ring and ardent projection, he sailed through the high tessituras of Sun’s impassioned declarations, including a touching final aria based on Sun’s actual speeches. In tender dialogue with soprano Corinne Winters’ Ching-ling, he also provided a complimentary vocal timbre. Real chemistry was established between the two in the scene of wedding vows.”

Rodney Punt, San Francisco Classical Voice
Brooklynites in the opera world

“Joseph Dennis sang a robust yet pensive ‘Salut, demeure chaste et pure’ from Gounod’s Faust with an open and impressive C near the finale.”

Nino Pantano, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Palm Beach Opera's "Barber" makes for a fizzing and delightful night of Rossini
“Joseph Dennis, the impressive Malcolm of PBO’s recent production of Macbeth, was a buffoon of an officer in the best Gilbert and Sullivan tradition.”
Lawrence Budmen, South Florida Classical Review
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