Joshua Arky Biography

Bass-Baritone Joshua Arky’s 2018-2019 season begins with a return to Virginia Opera. As a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist, Joshua performs the role of Vincent Jones, and covers the roles of Frank Maurrant and Carl Olsen in Street Scene; Joshua also covers the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni.

Joshua began his 2017-2018 season by performing Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Opera San José. He then joined Virginia Opera as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist, where he performed Jake Wallace and covered Ashby in La fanciulla del West, and he sang in a touring production of The Billy Goats Gruff. He then performed Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Sugar Creek Opera. Joshua finished the season with a collaboration with pianist Ines Irawati on a recital series in San Diego, CA, that combined music and cooking.

Other operatic highlights include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Point Loma Opera Theatre; Hidraot in Gluck’s Armide with OperaNEO; Alidoro in an English version of La Cenerentola and Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance with Opéra Louisiane; Colline in La bohème with the Manhattan School of Music; the Captain of the Inquisition in Man of La Mancha and Dottore Grenvil in La traviata with Central City Opera; Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia with the Green Mountain Opera Festival; and Zuniga in Carmen with the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

In concert, Joshua has performed as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Binghamton Philharmonic, Mozart’s Requiem with Hunter College, Händel’s Messiah with Columbia University, and Puccini’s Messa di Requiem with the Greenwich Choral Society.

Joshua was the 2016 recipient of the Rohatyn Great Promise Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern Region). He was also a 2015 Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern Region).

Joshua holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a recipient of the President’s Award and the Alexandra Hunt Endowed Vocal Scholarship. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, where he graduated cum laude.