Described by the magazine Deutsche Bühne as “gifted with a fine lyrical tenor and a delicately intense stage presence”, versatile tenor Joshua Spink is steadily making a name for himself in the Spieltenor and bel canto repertoire.
He opens the 2023-24 season at the Theater Ulm singing Spoletta in Puccini’s Tosca before returning to bel canto for his Donizetti debut as Lord Percy in Anna Bolena. He also performs the role of The Young King in George Benjamin’s contemporary opera Lessons in Love and Violence. In addition, he will make guest appearances as the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Mercur in Orphée aux enfers.
As of the 2020-21 season, Joshua Spink has been a member of the ensemble at the Theater Ulm in Germany. Roles of the standard repertoire included Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Váňa Kudrjaš in Káťa Kabanová, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Tanzmeister/Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Beppe/Arlecchino in I Pagliacci, and Frantz, Andrès, Cochenille and Pitichinaccio in Les contes d’Hoffmann.
No stranger to contemporary music, Joshua Spink also premiered the role of The Clockkeeper in the German premiere of the new English opera Violet by Tom Coult and interpreted the role of Le Nain Frocin in the world premiere of La Légende de Tristan by Charles Tournemire. This newly discovered romantic opera was recorded by Südwestrundfunk for radio broadcast and CD production.
Before he joined the ensemble in Ulm, his engagements included Tamino/Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola (in German), both with the Hamburger Kammeroper, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Pasinger Fabrik in Munich and the innovative Austrian tour production Oper-Rund-Um as well as Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus with Theater Mon Ami in Weimar and Don Basilio/Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro at the Theater im Schlossgarten in Arnstadt.
The English born tenor 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. He continued his vocal training with an intensive summer course at the National Opera Studio in London as well as at the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar.