Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rising Star Joshua Bloom Featured in Opera Australia's "Marriage of Figaro"

Joshua Bloom starring at Opera Australia
We haven't featured the rising Aussie barihunk Joshua Bloom in awhile and now seems like a fitting time. Bloom is starring as Figaro in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." Bloom joined the Metropolitan Opera roster to cover the role of Figaro for the internationally renowned baritone Bryn Terfel. More recently portrayed Masetto at the Met opposite two other barihunks, the Don Giovanni of Mariusz Kwiecien and the Leporello of Luca Pisaroni.

Back in his native country, he is now impressing audiences as the title character of Mozart's masterpiece. Music critic Murray Black of The Australian wrote, "Vocally, baritone Joshua Bloom was a superb Figaro, sustaining a strong sense of line and burnished timbre."

Bloom honed his skills as a member of the prestigious Merola Program and as an Adler Fellow in San Francisco. He was an impressive Don Alfonso in Mozart's Così fan tutte, but he really came to the opera world's attention in his portrayal of The Black Politician in the American premiere of Ligeti's "Le Grand Macabre" on the San Francisco Opera mainstage.

Joshua Bloom and Peter Tantsits in "Le Grand Macabre" with the NY Philharmonic:
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Performances of the "Marriage of Figaro" are running from February 10 through March 24 (Bloom performs through March 6, when Shane Lowrencev takes over the role). Visit the Opera Australia website for additional information or to purchase tickets.

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1 comment:

  1. Shane Lowrencev is certainly worth seeing as Figaro. His first ever Don Giovanni Piano dress rehearsal can be seen here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-Q5Q1iH2v8