American tenor Joshua Stewart, “strikingly good” (The Guardian), has been praised for his “big, warm, confident” voice (Palm Beach Arts Paper) and “interpretive conviction” (Philadelphia City Paper). Displaying compelling artistry and versatility, he is quickly making a name for himself in the world of opera without losing touch with his jazz roots.

In the 2017-18 season, Stewart will make his Birmingham Opera Company debut as Lazarus in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's Lazarus, which will be directed by Sir Graham Vick. Stewart will return to Spain in Tippett's A Child of Our Time with Tim Murray. He will debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel in Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri, directed by Peter Sellars.

Recent debuts include the title role in Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD with Madison Opera, Trin in La Fanciulla del West with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera de Lausanne and Opera de Fribourg, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Toledo Opera, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Carolina, Abdallo in Nabucco with Oberammergau Passionstheater, as tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with Toledo Symphony, and as the Erzengel in Das Spiel von der Auferstehung des Herrn by Walter Braunfels with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. He returned to Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as the Shepherd in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellers.

In 2012, as member of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s opera studio, Stewart made his debut as the Priester in the world premiere of Babylon by Jörg Widmann. Additional roles, while a studio member, include Conte d’Albafiorita in Mirandolina, Joe in Gershwin’s Blue Monday, Jeppo Liverotto in Lucrezia Borgia, Albazar in Il Turco in Italia, Capitano in Simon Boccanegra, and Leibbojar in Boris Godunov. Other notable roles in his repertoire include Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Nemorino in L’elsir d’amore, Prunier in La Rondine, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Ruiz Alonso in Ainadamar, Toni Reischmann in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers and the title role in Idomeneo.

Stewart has performed at several different festivals such as Festival d’Aix (France), Rossini Opera Festival (Italy), Marlboro Music Festival (USA), Boyne Music Festival (Ireland), New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (USA), and Saint Bart’s Music Festival (Caribbean).

Stewart has worked with many renown conductors, including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paolo Carignani, Bertrand de Billy, Paolo Arrivabeni, Marco Armiliato, Maurizio Benini, Carlo Montanaro, Constantin Trinks, Kent Nagano, Corrado Rovaris, Andrea Battistoni, George Manahan, Rossen Milanov, James Meena, Ari Pelto, James Judd. He has had the honor of performing for several world leaders, including the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, President Barack Obama, and President George H. W. Bush.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Stewart is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Opera studying with Mikael Eliasen and Fred Carama. Stewart was a prize winner in the 2013 Internationaler Gesangswettbewerb Vokal genial and has also received several other awards and fellowships.

Last updated: December 2017