Joshua Bloom Bass

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Joshua was born in Australia to musician parents and studied cello and double-bass as well as being a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. He went on to study History at the University of Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. After his professional debut in opera in an OzOpera production of The Barber of Seville, he joined the Young Artist Programme of Opera Australia in Sydney, and later the Merola and Adler Fellowship Programmes at the San Francisco Opera. 

Highlights of recent seasons include performances of Fidèlami (Die Vögel), Vodnik (Rusalka), the Ghost of Old Hamlet/Gravedigger (Brett Dean’s Hamlet), and Pharaoh (Moses in Egypt) at Oper Köln, Ramfis and the King (Aida) at New Israeli Opera, Leporello (Don Giovanni) at Welsh National Opera, the Governor (Count Ory) at Garsington Opera, Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust) in Birmingham, Hunding (Die Walküre) in Lisbon, Swallow (Peter Grimes) at the Enescu International, Bottom (The Midsummer Night’s Dream) at English National Opera, the title-role in Château de Barbe-Bleue in Dublin, Kaspar (Der Freischütz) in the International Hyogo Festival of the Performing Arts, Japan. 

He made his house debut at the Royal Opera House in the world premiere of Gerald Barry Alice’s Adventures Underground. The 2022/23 season sees him in his role debut as Cadmus (Sémélé) at the Opéra de Lille and as Bottom at the Opéra de Rouen-Normandie. In concert, he performs Handel’s Messiah with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Rambo in The Death of Klinghoffer at Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam. 

Joshua Bloom appears on the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall broadcast of Grand Macabre, and the LSO Live recording of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande both conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

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