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Joseph Gaines

For 2018-19, upcoming projects for tenor Joseph Gaines include The Revelers Project in summer 2018 in New York City; the Swan in CARMINA BURANA with The Larimer Chorale; tenor soloist with Seicento Baroque Ensemble (Colorado); Kaspar in AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS with On Site Opera (NYC); Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE with Utah Opera; The Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Resonance Works Pittsburgh; Consigliere in Alessandro Stradella's SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA with Ars Lyrica Houston; Monteverdi’s L’ORFEO with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado; a Winners Alumni Concert with the Pittsburgh Concert Society;  and Goro in MADAMA BUTTERFLY  and Squeak in BILLY BUDD,  both with Central City Opera.

Engagements for tenor Joseph Gaines in 2017-18 included his debut with San Diego Opera in a new production of TURANDOT (Pang), MESSIAH soloist with Saint John's Cathedral, Denver, his return to Utah Opera for MOBY-DICK (singing Flask), and a debut with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.  In May 2017, he performed a preview concert of excerpts from ELIZABETH CREE for The Crypt Sessions concert series in New York, which included a performance broadcast live to over 100,000 viewers by The New York Times; one reviewer from the evening's concert described him as possessing a "dangerously honed voice and a diabolical stage presence," and another wrote that "he is sinuous, physical... Gaines is a tenor who seems to be able to do anything."

In September 2017, as part of Opera Philadelphia's inaugural O17 Festival, Gaines created the role of Dan Leno in the world premiere of ELIZABETH CREE, the latest collaboration by the Pulitzer Prize-winning duo of composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell.   Opera News writes, “The brilliantly written part of the melancholy comic Dan Leno—half Sportin’ Life, half Cabaret M.C. , with a superimposed Brittenesque tinta—offered a field day to light tenor Joseph Gaines, who met the challenge with vocal skill and superb physicality. ”  DC Metro Theater Arts says, "Gaines is spectacular as the music-hall comedian, a triple-threat with his acting, dancing and singing. ”  And per Opera Today, "Threatening to run away with the show, tenor Joseph Gaines is a tour de force as the wiry, wily Dan Leno." 

In 2016-17 Gaines returned to Opera Philadelphia for TURANDOT (Pong) and also to Opera Colorado for LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (Trin). He completed a recording project with Lyric Fest of selected works by composer Daron Hagen, and returned to Resonance Works Pittsburgh for FALSTAFF (Caius), made his debuts with Virginia Opera (Pong/TURANDOT), Hawaii Opera Theater (The Servants/LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN), Off the Hook Arts (excerpts from a new opera by Bruce Adolphe), the Charlotte Symphony (tenor soloist/MESSIAH), and The Crypt Sessions for CREE IN THE CRYPT, a preview of excerpts from the world premiere of ELIZABETH CREE.  He also returned to Ars Lyrica Houston as a featured guest artist for BACHANALIA, a New Year's Eve Gala Concert.

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