Joseph Dennis brings a “a sweet and gleaming tenor of unforced beauty” (New York Times) to the opera world, as he has become one of the most exciting tenor voices performing on the international opera stage today. He first gained international attention in the summer of 2014, when he stepped into the title role at short notice in Huang Ruo’s opera Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (American premiere, Santa Fe Opera), singing the complete role in Mandarin Chinese, and to great acclaim.
A winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Dennis is currently a member of the solo ensemble of The Wiener Staatsoper. For the 2016-17 season, Mr. Dennis performs Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, the Itlalian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Nick in La Fanciulla del West as well as several others. While in Vienna, he adds many roles to his repertoire, including that of Alfredo in La Traviata, Werther, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale. His many performances with Wiener Staatsoper during the 2015-16 season included Jacquino in Fidelio, Brighella in Ariadne Auf Naxos, and Hugo in Lortzing’s Undine.
Mr. Dennis made his Seattle Opera debut in the 2016-17 season as Boris in Katya Kabanova. In the 2017-18 season, he will will sing Alfredo in La Traviata at the Memphis Opera, the Duke in North Carolina Opera's Rigoletto, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Virginia Opera. His recent engagements in the United States include his return to Des Moines Metro Opera as Des Grieux in Manon, following his successful 2015 debut with the company as Števa in Jenůfa. For his recent debut with Spoleto Festival USA, Mr. Dennis performed his second opera in Mandarin Chinese as the role of Male Soloist #2 in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s Paradise Interrupted .
On the concert stage, Mr. Dennis has performed solo recitals at the Wiener Staatsoper, and recently performed Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass with New York’s Church of the Ascension. He has also performed Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ.
A native of Texas, Joseph studied at the famous Juilliard School in their exclusive Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program, setting himself apart as a skilled singer with a deep commitment to acting.
He is the recipient of many awards, including a top prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition.