A native of Bronx, NY, baritone Joshua Conyers is known for his captivating performances and recognized as one the promising young dramatic voices of today. Conyers’ busy 2022-2023 season includes his debut with English National Opera as Policeman/Congregant 3 in Tesori’s Blue, Reginald in Anthony Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X at Opera Omaha, which he has also performed with Detroit Opera and Odyssey Opera (where he also recorded the role), Tonio in I Pagliacci with Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, and a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago for their production of The Factotum. On the concert platform, Mr. Conyers appears as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Conyers joined Seattle Opera for Blue, Boston Lyric Opera as Count Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, Memphis Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Cecilia Chorus of NYC in Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall. His 2020-2021 season included Eustis in Le maréchal ferrant with Opera Lafayette, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte with Aspen Opera Theater, Tonio in Pagliacci at The Atlanta Opera, where he also performed Tiger Brown in the Threepenny Opera and the cover of Kaiser Overall in Der Kaiser von Atlantis. His 2019-2020 season included returns to the Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as First Priest in The Magic Flute as well as cancelled performances as John Sorel in The Consul, cover of the Reverend in Tesori’s Blue, and singing Jim and covering Jake in Porgy and Bess. In the 2018–2019 season, Mr. Conyers performed Giorgio Germont in La traviata, British Major in Silent Night, Donkey in The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, all with Washington National Opera.
Equally active in contemporary opera, Mr. Conyers performed the role of Jason in the world premiere of Matt Boehler’s 75 Miles, and Uncle Wesley in Carlos Simon’s Night Trip for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. Additionally, he covered the roles of Mr. Umeya in the American premiere of Huang Ruo’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen in Mandarin Chinese, and Walt Whitman in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar, both with the Santa Fe Opera.
As a concert artist, Mr. Conyers made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 2018 as the Baritone Soloist performing Mozart’s Regina Cœli, K. 276, Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mark Hayes’ Te Deum under the baton of distinguished composer and arranger Mark Hayes with MidAmerica Productions. Joshua also made his debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2018 as the Baritone Soloist performing the Duruflé Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions under the baton of conductor Anton Armstrong. In 2019, Mr. Conyers was a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra performing with world-renowned Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and singer-songwriter Ben Folds. Also, he was a Guest Artist at Opera Wilmington/UNC Wilmington annual Opera Symposium, in celebration of Caterina Jarboro, in conjunction with Black History Month as a Recitalist and presenting a Masterclass. Mr. Conyers opened the 2017-18 season in a gala performance with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Additional concert and oratorio credits include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Gabriel Fauré Requiem in D minor, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, and Carl Orff’s Carmina burana.