Vocalist - Tenor

As proclaimed by the critic of the New York Times, Joseph Dennis brings “a sweet and gleaming tenor of unforced beauty” to the opera world. He first gained international attention when he stepped into the title role at short notice in Huang Ruo’s opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen (American premiere, Santa Fe Opera), singing the complete role in Mandarin, and to great acclaim.

In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Dennis returns to Semperoper Dresden as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Jaquino in Fidelio, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Pylades in Iphigénie en Tauride, and Conte di Lerma and Herold in Don Carlo. In the summer of 2020, he makes his Grant Park Music Festival debut as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. His engagements with Semperoper Dresden in the 2020-21 season include Tamino in a new production, Lenski in Eugene Onegin, and Baron Kronthal in Lortzing's Der Wildschütz.

In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Dennis performed several roles with Semperoper Dresden, including Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino, Belmonte, Jaquino, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer. He also sang as Nikolaus Sprink in Kevin Puts' Silent Night with Austin Opera.

Mr. Dennis’ engagements in the 2017-18 season included debuts with North Carolina Opera as Duke in Rigoletto, Virginia Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera Memphis as Alfredo in La traviata, and the role of Tamino with Central City Opera. Other recent highlights include Mr. Dennis’ Seattle Opera debut as Boris in Janáček's Káťa Kabanová, and performances with Wiener Staatsoper as Tamino, Jaquino, Tichon in Káťa Kabanová, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Hugo in Lortzing’s Undine.

A previous winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Dennis’ recent engagements in the United States include his return to Des Moines Metro Opera as Des Grieux in Manon, following his successful debut with the company as Števa in Jenůfa. For his recent debut with Spoleto Festival USA, Mr. Dennis performed his second opera in Mandarin Chinese as the role of Male Soloist #2 in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s Paradise Interrupted.

On the concert stage, Mr. Dennis has performed solo recitals at Wiener Staatsoper, and recently performed Mozart’s Requiem and Krönungsmesse with New York’s Church of the Ascension. He has also performed Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ. A native of Texas, Mr. Dennis studied at the Juilliard School in their exclusive Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program. He is the recipient of many awards, including a top prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition.


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