Joseph Dennis Biography

TenorJoseph Dennis

Joseph Dennis brings “a sweet and gleaming tenor of unforced beauty” (New York Times) to the opera world, as he has become one of the most exciting tenor voices performing on the international opera stage today. He first gained international attention in the summer of 2014, when he stepped into the title role at short notice in Huang Ruo’s opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen (American premiere, Santa Fe Opera), singing the complete role in Mandarin, and to great acclaim.

Mr. Dennis’ engagements in the 2017-18 season include his debut with North Carolina as Duke in Rigoletto and with Virginia Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. He will sing Tamino in The Magic Flute with Central City Opera, and perform several roles with Semperoper Dresden in their 2018-19 season, including Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Steuermann in Der Fliegende Holländer, as well as featured roles in Fidelio and Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Dennis made his Seattle Opera debut as Boris in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová. He is also currently a member of the Wiener Staatsoper; his performances include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Tichon in Káťa Kabanová, and Nick in La fanciulla del West. While in Vienna, he adds many roles to his repertoire, including that of Alfredo in La traviata, Werther, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Romeo in Roméo et Juliette, and Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier. His performances with Wiener Staatsoper during the 2015-16 season included Jacquino in Fidelio, Brighella in Ariadne Auf Naxos, and Hugo in Lortzing’s Undine.

A winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Dennis’ recent engagements in the United States include his return to Des Moines Metro Opera as Des Grieux in Manon, following his successful 2015 debut with the company as Števa in Jenůfa. For his recent debut with Spoleto Festival USA, Mr. Dennis performed his second opera in Mandarin Chinese as the role of Male Soloist #2 in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s Paradise Interrupted.

On the concert stage, Mr. Dennis has performed solo recitals at the Wiener Staatsoper, and recently performed Mozart’s Requiem and Krönungsmesse with New York’s Church of the Ascension. He has also performed Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ.

A native of Texas, Joseph studied at the famous Juilliard School in their exclusive Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program, setting himself apart as a skilled singer with a deep commitment to act. He is the recipient of many awards, including a top prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition.