A B O U T
Mexican American tenor Joshua Thomas Diaz is an up and coming talent from Texas praised for his "rich and agile voice and sensitive interpretation." Click here for full bio
P E R F O R M A N C E C A L E N D A R
O C T
Opera on Tap - Twin Cities presents:
Sunday - October 13
Silent Auction begins at 5:45pm
Dinner Seating at 6:00pm
Show begins at 6:30pm
205 E Hennepin Ave - Minneapolis, MN
Josh singing "Kuda, kuda" from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky at Opera on Tap - Twin Cities
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N E W S & R E V I E W S
February 2018 - Josh will appear as tenor soloist in the Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Great River Chorale, and the St. Cloud State University Choirs all conducted by Brian Dowdy.
February 2018 - Josh will cover the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly by Puccini with Opera Reading project, a program that allows singers to musically prepare a role with coaches from the Minnesota Opera culminating in a final musical run.
February 2018 - Josh will help lead the Vocal Day at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA. In conjunction with a few other teachers, Josh will teach lessons, help lead a masterclass and perform a recital for the voice students at this program.
December 2018 - Josh premiered the orchestral song cycle Sonetos del amor oscuro written by Joshua Armenta and in collaboration with the Great Noise ensemble conducted by Blair Skinner. Josh worked for many months in collaboration with the composer to help shape this piece.
April 2018 - Josh was named Reigning Divo in the "Battle of the Divas," the annual contest for the Twin Cities chapter of Opera on Tap.
November 2017 - Josh appeared as the tenor soloist for Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra at their season-opening concert.
Mar. 2017 - Josh was named a participant of the Educational Collaboration and Coaching of Opera (ECCO) Program. This program is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota School of Music and Minnesota Opera designed to give exemplary students coachings and career support from members of the creative and musical staff of the Minnesota Opera company.
June 2016 - Josh has been named a Scholar Course Leader for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minneapolis for the Spring 2017 Session. The program offers older adults the opportunity to continue their intellectual curiosity and love of learning. In this capacity, Josh received a stipend to teach a course entitled "Great Singers of the Past" which chronicles some of the finest operatic singers in recorded history.
June 2016 - As the Duke of Mantua in Really Spicy Opera's production of Verdi's Rigoletto, Josh received the following reviews:
"The Duke (Joshua Diaz) is stellar, with a heart-melting and stirring 'Parmi vedere le lagrime' to start Act 2. While everyone else is shrinking and Rigoletto trembling, Diaz’s Duke fires Monterone with a rippling, mocking laugh that is the perfect cherry on top of the musical sundae."
- Hanne Appelbaum for Twin Cities Arts Reader
"Joshua Diaz appeared as the terminally charismatic Duke of Mantua, with a rich and agile voice and sensitive interpretation that allowed his character to believably bridge lascivious womanizer and lovesick youth. Diaz’s Duke seems to believe every word he says to Gilda, even if it was clear he would turn around and believe it all again when he declared the same devotion to someone else… This almost guileless lack of self- awareness in this interpretation of the Duke made the irony of “La donna è mobile” shine through all the more clearly."
- Lydia Lunning for Twin Cities Arts Reader
Feb. 2016 - Josh sang the tenor solos in a chamber version of Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with Baltimore-based orchestra, Symphony No. 1
Dec. 2015 - Josh has joined the Skylarkers Young Artist Program which will present educational outreach concerts throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Sept. 2015 - Josh has begun the Doctorate of Musical Arts program in Voice at the University of Minnesota in the studio of John David De Haan.