Baritone Joshua Conyers has been hailed by Opera News with “a deliciously honeyed baritone that would seduce anyone” and The New York Times as having “a sonorous baritone” that “wheedled and seduced.” Mr. Conyers is quickly being recognized for his captivating performances as he continues to forge a career that embraces a wide variety of operatic styles and languages while focusing on the works of Verdi and Puccini. Equally active in contemporary opera as well, Mr. Conyers covered the roles of Mr. Umeya in the American premiere of Huang Ruo's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen in Mandarin and Walt Whitman in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison's Oscar, both with the Santa Fe Opera.
In 2017 and 2018 Mr. Conyers fulfilled two seasons of residence in the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera performing Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Marullo in Rigoletto, Sciarrone in Tosca, Captain in Candide, and covering the Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Mr. Conyers joined the Glimmerglass Festival in the summer of 2017 to cover the roles of Porgy in Porgy and Bess and Eustachio in Donizetti's rarely performed L'assedio di Calais. Mr. Conyers makes his Carnegie Hall Debut in 2018 as the Baritone Soloist performing Mozart’s Regina Cœli, K. 276, Mark Hayes’ Te Deum, Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with MidAmerica Productions. In the summer of 2018 he joins Wolf Trap Opera as a Filene Young Artist to perform Monterone and cover the title role in Rigoletto, perform Le comte de Pâris in Roméo et Juliette, and to be the Baritone soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest, a performance with the National Orchestral Institute which will be recorded.
As a concert artist, Mr. Conyers opens the 2017-18 season in a gala performance with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Additional concert and oratorio credits include Bach's St. Matthew Passion (as Peter and Pilate) with the Utah Festival Opera, Bach's Magnificat and Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt (BWV 18), Handel's Messiah with the Mozart Club in Winston Salem (NC) and the Fayetteville Orchestra, Brahms' Deutsches Requiem and Neues Liebesliederwalzer, Fauré's Requiem, and Vaughan Williams' Dona nobis pacem. Recently Mr. Conyers has performed Carmina Burana with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has appeared on Methodist University's Friends of Music Guest Artist Series as recitalist and masterclass teacher.
Mr. Conyers has fulfilled young artist residencies with Palm Beach Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, and the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance program. His numerous vocal competition credits include Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner (2010, 2011 & 2015), Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Encouragement Award Winner, S. Livingston Mather Scholar Competition 1st Place Winner, the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition Winner, and the Heafner/Williams Vocal Competition 1st place Winner.