JOSHUA COPELAND (baritone) completed his Masters degree in voice at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music and his Artist Diploma at Yale Opera. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Joshua received a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Joshua is quickly developing as a specialist of Baroque music, particularly the works of Bach and Handel. In June 2006 he was awarded second prize in the American Bach Soloists International Young Artists Competition, first prize in the 2008 American Bach Society biennial Young Artist Competition at the Bethlehem Bach Festival, and spent the summer of 2008 as an Adams Masterclass Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival. As a resident Britten/Pears Young Artist at the Aldeburgh Festival in both 2009 and 2010, Joshua has appeared in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Saul.
An avid recitalist, Joshua gave his debut performance of Schubert’s monumental song cycle Winterreise in Yale’s Morse Recital Hall with pianist Ted Taylor. He has also taken part in a recital of Charles Ives songs at New York’s famed Weill Recital Hall, as well as recitals of English song and Wolf and Strauss Lieder as a Britten/Pears Young Artist. In the realm of opera he has appeared in Die Fledermaus as Falke, as Ramiro in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole, and has performed with the Orchestra Sinfonico Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, reprising Falke in Fledermaus and Bill in Kiss me Kate.
Performances from recent seasons include the Mass in B Minor and the St John Passion with the American Bach Soloists; Bach Cantata 82 Ich habe genug with Seraphic Fire; Bach Magnificat and Christmas cantatas with Helmuth Rilling; a commercially-released recording of the Bach St John Passion conducted by Simon Carrington; Messiah at Carnegie Hall with the Masterwork Chorus; Mozart Vespers with Sir Neville Marriner; Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem at the ACDA National Convention; Five Mystical Songs with the Mount Holyoke Orchestra; Handel La Resurrezione;Mozart and Faure Requiems; Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije; Barber Dover Beach; Mendelssohn Elijah; and the Brahms Requiem. The upcoming season features performances of Christmas cantatas with the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Bach and Telemann cantatas with the American Bach Soloists, and the St John Passion with Chatham Baroque.