Since making his solo debut in 2009 at the Victoria Symphony “Splash” under Tania Miller, Tenor, Josh Lovell has been a familiar performer throughout Victoria and the Gulf Islands.
This fall, Josh made his national operatic debut as Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff with Pacific Opera Victoria with Timothy Vernon Conducting and Glynis Leyshon directing.
Josh has also sang the role of Alexis in The Sorcerer with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria.
Concert highlights have included Handel’s Messiah with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir and Civic Orchestra, Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore with the Victoria Choral Society under Giuseppe Pietraroia, Bach’s Cantata 184 with the Victoria Baroque Players and Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Ste. Cécile with Simon Leung and the Victoria Summer Choir. Josh performed Haydn’s Creation with the Salt Spring Chamber Orchestra, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Victoria Baroque Players and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Victoria Choral Society and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri with the Salt Spring Chamber Orchestra under Jim Stubbs, and Mozart’s Requiem with Prima Choir and the Vancouver Island Chamber Orchestra. He also performed in Jean Gilles’ Messe des Morts with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in the Victoria Pacific Baroque Festival.
For the past summers Josh has attended different summer vocal programs across the Country. At Opera on the Avalon in St. John’s Newfoundland, Josh sang the role of the Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas directed by Tim Albury with Kevin Mallon and Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble. He attended the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Oratorio program and performed the roles of Jephtha in Handel’s Jephtha under Stevin Devine, and Solomon in Handel’s Solomon under Laurence Cummings. He also was a participant at the Vancouver International Song Institute in Vancouver where he worked with Darryl Edwards, Tyler Duncan, Susan Platts, and Ingrid Suderman. For the past two summers, Josh has performed at Opera NUOVA in Edmonton, Alberta. Last summer, he sang the role of Perchik, and Constaple in Bock & Harnick’s Fiddler on the Roof, as well as understudying Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Recently, he sang the role of Le Prince Chartmant in Massenet’s Le Cendrillon.
Last fall, Josh was a winner of the University of Victoria Concerto Competition, and he performed Handel’s Cantata 124: Look down, Harmonious Saint for tenor and strings with the University of Victoria Orchestra. Josh also performed Tenor solos in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2 Lobgesang with the Victoria Summer choir, Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Victoria Baroque Players, Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata 140 with the Victoria Voces Intamae Choir.
Recently, Josh performed Schubert’s Die Schӧne Müllerin for his Bachelor’s Degree Graduation Recital. He also won the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship in order to study at theUniversität Mozarteum in Salzburg this past summer.
Recent concert performances include, Haydn’s Paukenmesse (Sooke Philharmonic), Bruckner’s Mass in F minor (University of Victoria Orchestra), and John Stainer’s Crucifixion (Christ Church Cathedral Choir), and Bach’s Magnificat (Vox Humana).
Upcoming performances include, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore (Victoria Mendelssohn Choir),Handel’s Messiah (Victoria Symphony), Schubert’s Mass in G (Victoria Mendelssohn Choir), Stainer’s Crucifixion (Victoria Christ Church Cathedral), and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Mozart’s Coronation Mass (Capriccio Vocal Ensemble).
Josh is a choral scholar at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria and has completed his fourth year of undergraduate voice studies at the University of Victoria with Benjamin Butterfield.