Young Welsh tenor Joshua Owen Mills studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A member of the young artists programme at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Joshua is definitely someone to watch. He has performed with Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne Opera and Scottish Opera in the short time since he graduated. He is a regular on the concert platform, a winner at the National Eisteddfod and a firm favourite as a soloist with the Welsh Male Voice Choirs.
Born in Neath, South Wales, Joshua is recognised as one of the country’s most promising young tenors. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, was a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne Opera, and in 2015 became a member of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich.
Joshua has won numerous competitions and awards including the Glass Sellers Prize at the Guildhall Gold Medal Competition, the Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year competition, the London Welsh Trust Young Welsh Singer of the Year competition, the Towyn Roberts Scholarship and Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize at the National Eisteddfod, and second prize in the National Mozart Singing Competition.
On the concert stage, Joshua has appeared at the Wigmore Hall and the North American Festival of Wales in Minneapolis, and understudied Ian Bostridge for Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. Most recently, he appeared at the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music under the baton of Sakari Oramo, alongside a consort of the nation’s most promising young singers.
Opera performances in Munich include Nereo Mefistofele, First Prisoner Fidelio, Servant of Amelia Un ballo in maschera, Mayor Albert Herring, Liverotto Lucrezia Borgia, and Giuseppe La Traviata. Further roles include cover Belfiore La finta giardiniera, Animal Seller Der Rosenkavalier and Gastone La traviata (Glyndebourne); Joe Crowell Our Town Rorem, Cat/Lampwick Adventures of Pinocchio, Il Duca in Donizetti’s Francesca di Foix and Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro (Guildhall School); cover Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Hotel Porter Death in Venice and Tamino Die Zauberflöte (Garsington Opera Studio), a performance which earned Joshua the Simon Sandbach Award for outstanding professionalism and musical talent.
Recent highlights include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Bayerische Staatsorchester; St John Passion with the Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra in Finland; Mozart Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall; Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus; ‘Proms on the Pier’ in Guernsey and ‘Ten Tenors’ in Llandudno – a concert featuring ten of Wales’ most talented young singers. In Munich, upcoming roles include Don Gaspard La Favorite and Henry Bowers in the world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s South Pole.