Joshua Owen Mills

Joshua Owen Mills

TENOR

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Overview

Welsh tenor Joshua Owen Mills studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Joshua spent two years on the young artists programme at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, and following this, spent a year as part of the ensemble at Stadttheater Klagenfurt. In the UK he has performed with Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne Opera and Scottish Opera,  is a regular on the concert platform and a winner at the National Eisteddfod.

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Born in Neath, South Wales, Joshua studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and was a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne Opera. Between 2015-17 Joshua was a member of the Opera Studio at the Bayersiche Staatsoper, Munich. Following this, in his season 2017-18 he joined Stadttheater Klagenfurt as a member of the opera ensemble.

With a particular passion and flare for Mozart repertoire, last season Joshua made debut in the role of Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at the Staattheater Klagenfurt. His appreciation of this repertoire is illustrated by the prizes awarded at Garsington Opera (Tamino Die Zauberflöte) and Glyndebourne respectively, as well as winning second prize at the National Mozart Singing Competition. On the concert platform Joshua has sung Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall.

During Joshua’s tenure at the Bayerische Staatsoper, he had the opportunity to explore contemporary works, and debuted roles in two world premieres: Hohe Schattern in Mauerschau by Hauke Jasper Berheide, and Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers in the world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s South Pole. Further roles in Munich have included new productions of Don Gaspard La Favorite, Mr Upfold Albert Herring, Nerèo Mefistofele, Nika Magadoff The Consul and Berra in the children’s opera Kannst du Pfeifen Johanna by Gordon Kampe, which he will revisit in spring 2019. Last season Joshua returned to Munich as a guest soloist to sing Nerèo Mefistofele, Jeppo Liverotto in Lucrezia Borgia, and Junger Mann in Nikolaus Brass’ Die Vorübergehenden. Further operatic roles include Gastone La Traviata, (Glyndebourne & Bayerische Staatsoper), and Hotel Porter Death in Venice (Garsington Opera). Joshua has appeared with Bayersiche Staatsoper on live recordings of Donizetti’s La Favorite (Deutsches Grammophon), and Mefistofele and Un ballo in maschera, (both Unitel Editions).

In concert, Joshua has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Künstlerhaus & Nymphenburg Palace, and the North American Festival of Wales in Minneapolis, and has performed under the baton of conductors Paolo Arrivabeni, Andrea Battistoni, Daniele Callegari, Karel Mark Chichon, Asher Fisch, Friedrich Haider, Lothar Koenigs, Oksana Lyniv, Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Lorenzo Viotti, Omer Meir Wellber and Simone Young. Highlights include an appearance at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music,  returning to his native Wales for a ‘St David’s Celebration’ with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Bayerische Staatsorchester. He has sung Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with a number of British chamber orchestras, including at LSO St Lukes, led by violinist Candida Thompson, as well as understudying Ian Bostridge with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. Further appearances include St John Passion with the Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra in Finland, Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus; and ‘Italienische Sommernacht’, an evening of arias and duets with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

This season on the operatic stage Joshua will return to Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich to sing Berra in a revival of Kannst du Pfeifen Johanna, and Cricket in Z by Minas Bordoudakis, as part of the Munich Opera Festival 2019. On the concert platform Joshua will sing Handel’s Messiah in Chiemsee, Germany, Haydn’s Creation with the Munich Brahms Choir, will sing in the world premiere of Brian Hughes’ Sorrows of the Somme with National Youth Arts Wales as part of the ‘Wales Remembers’ programme, and joins the Oxford Lieder Festival both for ‘Schubert & Co,’, an exceptional ensemble recreating the intimate salon performance setting as part of the main festival, and later in the season for two recitals accompanied by Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director Sholto Kynoch.

 

Artist Website: www.joshuaowenmills.com

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News

Oxford Lieder Festival 2018

October 5th, 2018

Hazard Chase artists join award winning festival

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Joshua Owen Mills makes role debut

December 4th, 2017

Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt

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Joshua Owen Mills joins Klagenfurt

July 28th, 2017

Tenor Joshua Owen Mills in the Stadttheater Klagenfurt 2017-18 season

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BBC Proms 2016

April 14th, 2016

Hazard Chase artists featuring in the BBC Proms this season

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Reviews

Donizetti LA FAVORITE (DVD Deutsche Grammaphon)

“The crystalline soprano of Elsa Benoit (Inès) and Joshua Owen Mills’ luminous tenor (Don Gaspar) make them promising artists.”
Laurent Bergnach, Anaclase 

 

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Mozart DON GIOVANNI – Stadttheater Klagenfurt

‘It remains like a wedge between her and her beloved Don Ottavio, yet Joshua Owen Mills equips him with his velvet tenor tone’.

Der Standard Newspaper

 

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Donizetti LA FAVORITE – Bayerische Staatsoper

‘Tenor Joshua Owen Mills, as Don Gaspard, and Soprano Elsa Benoit, as Inès, can both be counted as true discoveries with superb stage presence”.
Opera News

‘”Joshua Owen Mills displayed a very promising and distinctive lyric tenor, the peppery tone really enhancing the insinuating character”.
Opera Traveller

‘And equally effective is the Don Gaspard of Joshua Owen Mills, clear and penetrating, authorized by the director to take various liberties with the poor Favorite du Roi.’
Opera Click

‘Joshua Owen Mills turns the supporting part of Don Gaspard into a nasty piece of work.‘
Abend Zeitung München

 

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Recital – Wigmore Hall with the Samling Foundation

“Accompanied by Malcolm Martineau, Joshua Owen Mills displayed a fine Italianate ring which perfectly complemented the textual sonnet’s many references to music and singing. The tenor balanced a bright gleam with tenderness”
Claire Seymour, Opera Today 

 

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The Guildhall Gold Medal at the Barbican Hall, London

“Mills displayed a remarkably sure feel for style and great versatility, convincingly changing tone and style for each composer and doing it all with winning charm”

“Mills final item was something of a surprise. In his recital programme he had shown himself highly sympathetic to Poulenc’s songs, and his feel for the French language re-occurred in what can only be described as a spectacular performance of Romeo’s Ah! leve-toi, soleil! from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette. Mills combined a lovely sense of line, fine control in the upper register with great intensity, giving a highly idiomatic performance of a repertoire which is very difficult to get right”
Planet Hugill

 

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Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706023

Associate Artist Manager

Evie Parker (Cambridge)
evie.parker@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706414