"OPERA LAFAYETTE TAKES A FRENCH CLASSIC TO THE OLD WEST"
November 12, 2020
Joshua Conyers performed the role of Eustis in François-André Danican Philidor's The Blacksmith (Le Maréchal ferrant), an 18th-century French comic opera with Opera Lafayette. "The actual quality of the audio production was excellent. How do I know? Because American baritone Joshua Conyers sang the role of Eustis, the preacher in his OL debut, that’s how. After Conyers’s performance this past March in Riffs and Relations, a performance given by the Washington National Opera Cafritz Young Artists Program at the Phillips Collection, I was convinced of his talent, and in particular of the evenness of his extraordinarily big voice. I have heard Conyers in a number of venues, but it was in the amplification of The Phillips Collection’s downstairs hall, with its open staircase where sound escapes, that things could get either weird or wonderful. Weird, they were not. In this performance, hearing Conyers in all his bright bigness without any squashing of his top or hot distortion of his volume told me that the audio engineering was primo. For his part, Conyers not only sang with his usual consummate technique; he brought to the character role a flair for comedy that was every bit as good as his ability to communicate the most tender of art songs."
NEWARK BOYS CHORUS SCHOOL
Joshua Conyers visited the Newark Boys Chorus School in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Conyers shared with the students his experiences growing up in the South Bronx and Virginia with parents and siblings who struggled to maintain themselves in an often hostile neighborhood. Joshua performed a negro spiritual Ride on King Jesus by Hall Johnson and the boys sang several selections. Mr. Conyers has made a commitment to the school by joining the Young Professionals Advisory Board and will return to NBCS to mentor the students.