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. Joshua became a member of the Opera Studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich in 2015 and subsequently joined the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in 2017 as a member of their ensemble.

With a particular passion and flare for Mozart, Joshua made his debut in the role of Don Ottavio Don Giovanni while at the Staattheater Klagenfurt, and made his debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in the same role in the 18/19 season.  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. Joshua also sang Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall.

While at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Joshua had the opportunity to explore contemporary works, and debuted roles in two world premières: Hohe Schattern in Mauerschau by Hauke Jasper Berheide, and Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers in the world première of Miroslav Srnka’s South Pole. Further roles in Munich included Don Gaspard La Favorite, Mr Upfold Albert Herring, Nerèo Mefistofele, Nika Magadoff The Consul, Cricket in Z by Minas Bordoudakis and Berra in the children’s opera Kannst du Pfeifen Johanna by Gordon Kampe (revived in spring 2019). In 2018 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 also appeared with Bayersiche Staatsoper on live recordings of Donizetti’s La Favorite (Deutsche Grammophon), and Mefistofele and Un ballo in maschera, (both Unitel Edition).

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, performing in the world première of Brian Hughes’ Sorrows of the Somme with National Youth Arts Wales as part of the ‘Wales Remembers’ programme, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Bayerische Staatsorchester. Joshua recently joined the Oxford Lieder Festival both for ‘Schubert & Co’, and later in the season for recitals accompanied by Oxford Lieder’s Artistic Director Sholto Kynoch. He has sung Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings on several occasions, 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 Münchner Symphoniker.

This season Joshua returns to Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Leibbojar Boris Godunov, will sing Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at Nevill Holt Opera and will cover the role of Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne on Tour. On the concert platform he sings at the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and for a recital in Amorbach in Germany.

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

Verdi REQUIEM (Newbury Cecelia Consort)

“and although it was tenor Joshua Owen-Mills’s very first Verdi Requiem, he gave it his all and the Italianate ‘sob’ in his voice would have made Pavarotti proud”.
Fiona Bennett, Newbury Today 

 

Offenbach OYAYAYE / POMME D’API (Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich)

“the fine tenor Joshua Owen Mills and mischievous baritone Andreas Burkhart slip into various roles and do their job excellently: the singers are brilliant, with charm and wit”
Klaus Kalchschmid

 

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