Joseph Mazzara, baritone from Alexandria, VA is thrilled to be joining Virginia Opera as a member of the 2018-19 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program. This season he will be covering the roles of Harry Easter and Mr. Jones in Street Scene, covering the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni, and performing the dual roles of Giant/Trouble-Man in the Spring Educational Outreach Tour of Jack and Beanstalk. In the summer of 2018 he joined Opera Steamboat as a member of the Opera Artists Institute where he covered the title role in Don Giovanni. In 2017 he covered the role of Dandini in La Cenerentola with Queen City Opera. Mazzara received his M.M. in voice from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati in 2017 where he performed the roles of Filiberto (Il Signor Bruschino), Kromov (The Merry Widow), and was a featured baritone soloist in J.S. Bach’s St. Mathew Passion. In 2016 he was awarded the Encouragement Award through the MET National Council Auditions at the Pittsburgh District. He was also a member of the studio artist program at Opera Saratoga where he covered the roles of Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro), The Ogre (The Witches of Venice), and Di Cosimo (Il Postino). Mazzara received his B.M. in voice from James Madison University in 2015. While at JMU he performed the roles of Schaunard (la bohème), Archibald Grovesnor (Patience), Samuel (The Pirates of Penzance), and Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore). Mazzara is also an alumna of Westminster Choir College’s CoOPERAtive program where he participated as a young artist in 2014.