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"Spink does (Count Almaviva) with a lot of humor and a lithe, lyrical tenor: bravo."   - Südwest Presse

Described by "Die Deutsche Bühne" as being “gifted with a fine lyrical tenor and a delicately intense stage presence”, versatile tenor Joshua Spink is quickly becoming known for his pleasing tone, his comfortable high register and his impressive acting ability on stage.

 

English born Spink grew up in Cork, Ireland and read Spanish and music at University College Cork before completing his Masters in Vocal Performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin. After graduating, the young tenor relocated to Germany, at which point he made his Austrian and German debuts singing the role of 'Pedrillo' in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Oper Rund Um, Vienna).

 

As of the 2020/2021 season, he has been a member of the solo ensemble at Theater Ulm in Baden Württemberg. Roles of note at there have included 'Count Almaviva' from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, 'Vánja' from Janáček's Katya Kabanowa, 'Alfred' from Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), and 'Tanzmeister/Brighella' in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.

 

For Joshua, the 2022/23 season was one for production premieres, with his interpretation of 'The Clockkeeper' in the German premiere of the new English opera Violet by composer Tom Coult, as well as his origination of 'Le Nain Frocin' in the newly discovered opera La Légende de Tristan by Charles Tournemire, which was named 'World Premiere of  the Year 2023' by Opernwelt Magazine. Other performances for the season consisted of 'Beppe' from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and the roles of 'Frantz', 'Andrès', 'Cochinelle' and 'Pitichinaccio' in Les contes d’Hoffmann from Jacques Offenbach.

Spink recently made his house debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, singing the part of Mercure in Barry Kosky's acclaimed production of Orphée aux enfers by Offenbach.

 

This season also includes 'Spoletta' in Puccini’s Tosca, 'Lord Riccardo Percy' in Anna Bolena by Donizetti, and 'The Young King' in George Benjamin’s modern opera Lessons in Love and Violence at Theater Ulm.

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