Joseph Bolger

Countertenor

Biography

Joseph Bolger seeks to combine technical excellence with a no holds barred approach to the expressive potential of the voice.

In opera and concert he has worked for companies including Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, New Chamber Opera, Armonico Consort, Ensemble Serse and Size Zero Opera. Recent appearances include Ormonte (Handel/L’Elpidia) with Opera Settecento at the London Handel Festival and Prince Edward (Arne/The Masque of Alfred) with Doha Baroque Ensemble in Qatar and Northern Opera Group at the Left Bank Opera Festival. Engagments for November 2017 include the role of Othniel in Handel’s Joshua for the Whitehall choir at St. John’s Smith Square and Cyrus (Handel/Belshazzar) with Portsmouth Choral Union.

In the world of song Joseph forms one half of Duo Seraphim with lutenist Richard MacKenzie. Together they present impassioned performances of music from composers as diverse as John Dowland and David Bowie. Click on the media section to watch a live performance at the Brighton Early Music Festival.

In the world of contemporary and non classical music, Joseph seeks always to experiment with what’s possible. He has a long standing relationship with leading composer Laura Bowler and has been involved with projects spanning improvised opera, jazz crossover and electronic music. He created the role of the Rector’s Clerk in the world premiere concert and recording of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre with the English Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph graduated with a first class degree in music from Pembroke College Oxford before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. When not performing, Joseph is a Senior Lecturer in Classical Voice at Leeds College of Music. He also undertakes Ph.D. research at King’s College London into the aesthetic and social contexts of early music singing.

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Contact

If you want to contact Joseph about singing please email him here.

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