Joseph Mazzara, baritone from Alexandria, VA returns to Virginia Opera as a member of the 2019-20 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program where he will be covering the role of Dandini in La cenerentola and singing the role of Peek in the Fall Education and Outreach Tour of Goldie B. Locks & the Three Singing Bears. This past summer Mazzara made his main stage debut with Central City Opera performing the role of The Official Registrar in Madama Butterfly. He also covered the role of First Mate in the company’s premiere of Billy Budd and was seen as a featured singer in Encore: A Musical Revue concert. Previously at Virginia Opera he covered the roles of Harry Easter and Mr. Jones in Street Scene, covered the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni, and performed the dual roles of Giant/Trouble-Man in the Spring Educational Outreach Tour of Jack and Beanstalk.
Prior Engagements include covering the title role in Don Giovanni at Opera Steamboat, covering the role of Dandini in La cenerentola with Queen City Opera, and being a featured baritone soloist in J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the CCM Philharmonia. His roles performed include Filiberto (Il Signor Bruschino), Kromov (The Merry Widow), Schaunard (La bohème), Archibald Grovesnor (Patience), Samuel (The Pirates of Penzance), and Dick Deadeye (H.M.S. Pinafore).
Mazzara spent the 2016 season as 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). In 2016 he was awarded the Encouragement Award through the MET National Council Auditions at the Pittsburgh District.
Joseph Mazzara earned his M.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his B.M. from James Madison University.